Community perinatal teams associated with more mental health service access and fewer postnatal relapses

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Roxanne Keynejad summarises the ESMI-II study on community perinatal mental health teams and mental health, obstetric and neonatal outcomes in pregnant women.

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Accessing and engaging with NHS Talking Therapies: what can we learn from the pandemic?

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Jake Grange and Sarah Watts summarise a study using observational retrospective cohort data to investigate factors associated with access and engagement with NHS Talking Therapies services before, during, and after lockdown.

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The burden of perinatal mental illness in migrant women: new evidence on prevalence and risk factors

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In her debut Mental Elf blog, Gilda Spaducci explores the global prevalence of perinatal mental disorders among migrant women; summarising a recent review which finds that “one in four experience perinatal depression, one in five perinatal anxiety, and one in eleven perinatal PTSD”.

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“Like being a pretender”: A meta-synthesis of experiences of loneliness in perinatal depression

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In her debut blog, Francesca Kingston explores experiences of loneliness among women with perinatal depression, reported in a new meta-synthesis published in BMC Psychiatry.

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Transgenerational trauma: maternal childhood maltreatment and perinatal outcomes

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Lucy Purnell explores a recent systematic review, which finds that maternal childhood maltreatment is associated with adverse perinatal mental health experiences, and this association is mediated by disruptions to maternal emotional functioning.

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Unprecedented times: pregnancy and mental health in the era of COVID-19

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Siobhan D’Almeida explores a recent paper which finds that pregnant individuals experienced high levels of anxiety and depression during COVID-19.

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Hypomineralised second primary molars and prenatal, perinatal and postnatal exposures

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This review of adverse health conditions in the prenatal, perinatal and postnatal periods and associations with hypomineralised second primary molars(HSPM) included 14 studies. The findings suggest associations between HSPM and a number of condition but findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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Psychoeducation for perinatal depression and anxiety in young people #ActiveIngredientsMH

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In their debut blog, Wezi Mhango & Darya Gaysina explore psychoeducation as an active ingredient that might help young people who are affected by perinatal anxiety or depression.

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Physical activity while pregnant may help prevent postpartum depression

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Briana Applewhite summarises a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of physical activity during pregnancy and the risk of postpartum depression.

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New mothers and intimate partner violence: how can nurses help?

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Vishal Bhavsar reports on a new RCT which looks at adding an Intimate Partner Violence intervention to a nurse home visitation programme, and the impact it can have on maternal quality of life.

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