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Impact of maternal depression and anxiety on child development

A number of new studies have found that stress, depression or anxiety during and after pregnancy can have long lasting effects on the development of your child.

We have translated some of those findings into an Issue Brief and added some of our recommendations for evidence based interventions for parents.

maternal mental health care

This Issue Brief outlines not only the risk factors for parents, but also encourages the building of resilience to prevent or lessen the negative impacts for children.

caring for the future

“Caring for mothers and fathers – is caring for the future”


International Conference: on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges

Addressing the Needs of the Whole Family

April 25 – April 27, 2014

California, USA


This conference will bring researchers, educators, policy-makers, and providers from across disciplines together with members of the judiciary and those with lived experience. The primary aim is to share knowledge and experience, to advance the rights and highlight the needs of families striving to live well with parental mental health challenges. Related objectives include provision of an interactive forum to discuss common experiences, effective and evidence informed support and advocacy strategies, and contemporary, cutting edge research.


Conference Brochure

Intimate Partner Violence and Pregnancy

Just released: the latest PLOS-one article on

Intimate Partner Violence and Pregnancy: A Systematic Review of Interventions

by An-Sofie Van Parys, Annelien Verhamme, Marleen Temmerman, Hans Verstraelen

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology/International Centre for Reproductive Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

“Intimate partner violence (IPV) around the time of pregnancy is a widespread global health problem with many negative consequences. Nevertheless, a lot remains unclear about which interventions are effective and might be adopted in the perinatal care context.”

Read the full article here

Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit

A joint-initiative of the Faculty of Health Science & the Graduate School of Business

Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit

Igniting Healthcare Innovation in Africa

Healthcare in South Africa and Africa is facing a myriad of challenges in delivering care to those who need it most. Now more than ever, innovation is required to develop solutions that can improve the delivery of healthcare in Africa in an inclusive, effective and affordable manner. These solutions must transcend current challenges in the system to improve health outcomes for patients and also to change the routines, responsibility and values of our healthworkers responsible for delivering the care.

How can we ignite inclusive innovation in Africa?

On 29 & 30 January 2014, local and international healthcare leaders, practitioners and innovators will gather in Cape Town for the first Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit.

Read more on the UCT’s Blog

Follow on Twitter under: #IHIS2014

New Publication: Maternal Mental Health and Poverty

The UNESCO Centre at the University of Ulster and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway,

have published their  sixth report from the Children and Youth Programme focusing on

Maternal Mental Health and Poverty:

Impact on Children’s Educational Outcomes

This thematic report focuses on the relationship between poverty and maternal mental health, and the impact of these on children and young people’s educational experiences in Ireland and Northern Ireland.


Read the full report here

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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