Chapter 9. Mental Health Aspects of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postpartum Period

  1. Prabha S. Chandra3,
  2. Helen Herrman4,5,
  3. Jane Fisher6,7,
  4. Marianne Kastrup8,
  5. Unaiza Niaz9,10,
  6. Marta B. Rondón11 and
  7. Ahmed Okasha12
  1. Jane Fisher6,7,
  2. Meena Cabral de Mello1 and
  3. Takashi Izutsu2

Published Online: 18 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746738.ch9

Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health: Global perspectives in a changing society

Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health: Global perspectives in a changing society

How to Cite

Fisher, J., de Mello, M. C. and Izutsu, T. (2009) Mental Health Aspects of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postpartum Period, in Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health: Global perspectives in a changing society (eds P. S. Chandra, H. Herrman, J. Fisher, M. Kastrup, U. Niaz, M. B. Rondón and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470746738.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

  2. 4

    Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 5

    WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Key Centre for Women's Health in Society, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  5. 7

    WHO Collaborating Centre in Women's Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  6. 8

    Transcultural Psychiatry, Psychiatric Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

  7. 9

    The Psychiatric Clinic & Stress Research Centre, Karachi, Pakistan

  8. 10

    The University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

  9. 11

    Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru

  10. 12

    WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. 1

    Child and Adolescent Health and Development, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

  2. 2

    United Nations Population Fund, New York, USA

  3. 6

    Key Centre for Women's Health in Society, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 7

    WHO Collaborating Centre in Women's Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470754115

Online ISBN: 9780470746738

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Keywords:

  • mental health aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period;
  • mental health and maternal mortality;
  • suicide - disproportionately associated with adolescent pregnancy;
  • suicide and psychiatric problems;
  • parasuicide, more prevalent in women;
  • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS);
  • mental health and antenatal morbidity;
  • depression after childbirth - negative impact on mother's interpersonal functioning;
  • maternal mental health problems;
  • contribution of denial of human rights to poor mental health

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Mental health and maternal mortality

  • Mental health and antenatal morbidity

  • Depression in pregnancy

  • Anxiety in pregnancy

  • Cultural preferences and mental health in pregnancy

  • Inflicted violence and mental health in pregnancy

  • Mental health and postpartum morbidity

  • Postpartum blues or mild transient mood disturbance

  • Postpartum psychotic illness

  • Postpartum depression

  • Psychosocial risk factors for postpartum depression

  • Infant factors and maternal mental health

  • Cultural specificity of postpartum mood disturbance

  • Maternal mental health, infant development and the mother-infant relationship

  • Prevention and treatment of maternal mental health problems

  • Summary