Antonella Sansone – biography

Antonella Sansone is a research and clinical/educational psychologist. She has been based in London since 1998, following a research project on the mother’s bodyself image and its impact on mother-child bonding. After two years’ longitudinal study on mother-baby interactions, she wrote her first book Mothers, Babies and their Body Language. She then received a Masters in Infant Observational Studies, which further sharpened her observational skills. Her book Working with Parents and Infants: A Mind-Body Integration Approach is an extension of her MA dissertation. She has published several articles and presented at international conferences.

Antonella has maintained her private practice and prepared couples for healthy conception, pregnancy and beyond, taking an integrative approach. Her motherhood experience inspired her forthcoming book on “The influence of my life – nutrition, emotions, thoughts, and soul – on my developing baby, including the time she lived in the womb”. The book highlights the relationship between prenatal forms of vitality/communication and child development, and between prenatal experiences and the child’s predispositions.

Having married an Englishman whose home was Africa for the last three generations, and working in the safari industry and conservation, Sansone has a deep understanding of indigenous cultures. She has gained insights into how their ancient wisdom and modern science can be integrated. She recently carried out a study on the Himbas of Northern Namibia with her two children and husband, with whom she is writing a book Gems of African Wisdom. Visiting two communities of the same tribe led to comparative observations of the epigenetic influences on these groups living in different landscapes, one in a remote area, thus preserving their traditional diet, the other exposed to the influence of Western junk food. The insights she gained from this study resonate with her interest in mindfulness as the route to fulfilling parenting, but also integrate with the practice of perinatal psychology, psychotherapy and medicine.

Antonella is currently developing a research project on mother-prenate communication as a precursor of attachment, with mindfulness intervention on depressed mothers. Her integrative approach acknowledges the invaluable role of maternal mindful nutrition in the young brain’s healthy development. She is particularly interested in the entanglement of emotional and nutritional nurturing that occurs before conception, and believes in the important role of early parenting in preventing and counteracting later negative influences on children’s eating habits.

Credentials

  • Doctor in Clinical Psychology
  • MA in Infant Observational Studies
  • Infant Massage Educator
  • Extended Board Member of the International Society for Pre & Perinatal Psychology and Medicine (ISPPM),
  • World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH),
  • McCarrison Society for Nutrition & Health