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Meeting parents: Observations developed from practice


Every year, more than 80,000 children are born in Quebec. To assist parents in this life transition, in 2008 Quebec adopted a new perinatal policy. In spring of 2009, a group of practitioners, decision-makers, managers, researchers, and students of various disciplines gathered to reflect on the issues and challenges of encountering parents during the perinatal period. The articles in this special issue are the product of discussions from this colloquium, which was entitled “À la rencontre des parents : Trajectoires de développement saines des parents(Meeting parents: healthy development pathways for parents).” They provide an analysis of the discussions and offer recommendations for clinical practice, research, and training. At the conclusion of this gathering, the need for early and interdisciplinary interventions not only with mothers, but also with fathers, was recognized as a desirable best practice.