Perinatal Mental Health

Perinatal Mental Health

During pregnancy and in the year after birth women can be affected by a range of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, and postnatal psychotic disorders.  These are collectively called perinatal mental illnesses.

Perinatal mental illnesses affect at least 10% of women and, if untreated, can have a devastating impact on them and their families.  When mothers suffer from these illnesses it increases the likelihood that children will experience behavioural, social or learning difficulties and fail to fulfil their potential.

The onset and escalation of perinatal mental illnesses can often be prevented through early identification and expert management of a woman’s condition, and prompt and informed choices about treatment.  Even if the illness itself is not preventable, it is possible to prevent many of the negative effects of perinatal mental illness on families.  (NSPCC, 2012)

Due to a shortage of perinatal mental health services in Wales, the Welsh Government launched a new project called ‘Two in Mind’ in late 2013.


Perinatal Mental Health Care

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