Virtual Conference

Daniela Marincas

Romanian Maternology Association, Romania

Title: Mother-child relationship in the presence of gastrointestinal functional disorders in infants – A maternology perspective


Motherhood is still insufficiently explored regarding its psychological aspects. More than 20% of women suffer from emotional disorders in the firsts months after birth and their mental state affects the wellbeing of the child.  Psychic maternity can bring an innovative perspective to the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions of mother and child in the first year of life. Functional gastrointestinal disorders, the most common diagnosis in Pediatric Gastroenterology, should be correlated with mother’s emotional condition. Maternology is a therapeutic approach of the psychological dimension of maternity and addresses, identifies and treats the mother-child dyad from an innovative multidisciplinary perspective. Based on clinical observations and the data from the theory, the purpose of this paper is to analyze the role of emotional relationship mother-infant in a series of cases with functional gastrointestinal disorders in infants. The paper presents the maternal and psychosomatic perspective on the mother-infant relationship and illustrates through case studies the specific evaluation and intervention of maternology. For a period of several years, we analyzed a group of couples mother-child, infants presenting FGID and did not respond favorably to the hygiene, diet and medical treatments. The evaluation was interdisciplinary, physician-psychologist: observation and analysis of feeding time. The instruments used for evaluation were: Questionnaire for FGID, based on Roma IV criteria, Beck Depression Inventory, Video 

Analyze and Echobal Scale for mother-child interaction (maternology specific instruments). The mother-child relationship was investigated using the Video clinic analyze and Echobal Scale. The results revealed that a high percentage of mothers with FGID diagnosed infants also had emotional disorders according to the nosography of maternal disorders in Maternology and provide an argument for the use of dyadic mother-child therapy for improving infant’s digestive function.


Daniela Marincas has completed his Ph.D. at the age of 55 years from Carol Davila University Bucharest, Romania, in Pediatrics with the theme "Implications of maternal difficulty in functional gastrointestinal disorders in infants". She graduated the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest. Since 1999 she is Family doctor (pediatrician), taking care of children, adults and older people. Between 2012-2015 she attended Maternology seminars in France . Since 2016 she has been certified in clinical Maternology (by the Institute for Research and Education-French Maternology Association). She is a founding member and President of the Romanian Maternology Association, member of the Romanian Pediatric Society, International Society for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine (ISPPM), Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH). She has an important concern in term of understanding the meaning of motherhood, the importance of its psycho-emotional dimension and the development in Romania of Maternology as science and therapeutic approach to help mothers in difficulty with their baby.