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NPEU News: A specialist antenatal clinic for women at risk of preterm birth
Pregnancy and the postnatal period are times when women may be vulnerable to poor mental health. It is UK policy that all women are asked about their mental health and wellbeing early in pregnancy and following the birth to help detect potential problems. This study analysed data from a national maternity survey in 2014 to find out which women are asked about their mood and mental health during pregnancy and postnatally, and about offer and uptake of treatment.
Maggie Redshaw and Jane Henderson found that most women recalled being asked about their mental health in pregnancy and in the postnatal period. However, those women most likely to be in need of support and treatment were least likely to be offered it and may be at risk of serious adverse outcomes.
You can read more about the study in BMC Psychiatry.
NPEU News: Women's views and experiences of maternity care have changed over time
NPEU News: Father involvement in early child-rearing and behavioural outcomes in their pre-adolescent children
NPEU News: Abstracts accepted for the 11th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference 2016
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