Perinatal psychiatry for the paediatrician on the postnatal ward

Published:November 25, 2021DOI:


      Maternal health and wellbeing is crucial to ensure the best outcomes for babies and children. Pregnancy and the perinatal period are particularly vulnerable times for mothers and children. Almost 1 in 5 mothers will experience some form of depression or anxiety during the perinatal period and other presentations, such as postpartum psychosis are specific to this period. Healthcare professionals, including paediatricians, whose clinical practice is devoted to the care of children often feel inadequately prepared to deal with these issues. Perinatal mental illnesses can feel daunting with anxiety about treatment impacting on the developing fetus, neonate or the breastfeeding infant. This short paper covers some common perinatal psychiatric presentations and aspects of treatment relevant for paediatricians.


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