Why Maternal Mental Health Should be a Priority

Just a reminder of last years article by Dr. Sara Gorman from Columbia University in which she discusses the importance of treating maternal mental illness.

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“Over the last decade, interventions by non-mental health specialists have produced promising results, and efforts are being expanded to low- and middle-income countrieswith encouraging outcomes. The Perinatal Mental Health Project (PHMP), based at the Mowbray Maternity Hospital in South Africa, included screening by midwives of all women in antenatal care for mental health problems and referrals for counseling and psychiatric care if necessary. The intervention resulted in high coverage (90%) and uptake (95%) of PMHP screening, and staff responsible for the screening expressed relief, rather than a feeling of burden, about the integration of maternal and mental health systems in order to address a previously unmet need.”

Read the full article on Plos Blog

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Posted on November 28, 2013, in End Stigma, Maternal Mental Health, Mental Health, Update and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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