Over 1 in 10 women have depression during pregnancy or postnatally #HopeNov20

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Emma Molyneaux writes her debut blog about a recent systematic review and meta-regression of the prevalence and incidence of perinatal depression.

We are covering the #HopeNov20 event today at parliament to raise awareness of mental health conditions during pregnancy and beyond. Search Twitter for #HopeNov20 from 1-6pm to follow the conversation.

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Preventing depression in low-income mothers: Head Start RCT in the community

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Tayla McCloud appraises the recent Head Start randomised controlled trial measuring the efficacy of a maternal depression prevention strategy.

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Preventing postnatal depression: let’s ask service users and service providers!

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Belinda Platt publishes her debut blog on a recent qualitative systematic review about the perceptions and experiences of interventions aimed at preventing postnatal depression.

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Perinatal mental health problems in fathers are common and legitimate, but we need better ways to reach and help them

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André Tomlin explores a recent qualitative study of fathers’ views and experiences of their own perinatal mental health, and also shares his own lived experience of postnatal depression and anxiety.

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OCD risk may increase following perinatal complications

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Alan Underwood summarises a population based cohort study of 2.4 million Swedish children, which highlights links between perinatal risk factors such as smoking during pregnancy, and later development of obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Oral Clefts and maternal smoking associated suggests review

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This review examined the link between maternal smoking and oral clefts. 29 studies ( 6 Cohorts & 23 case control studies) were included and a positive association has noted. No quality assessment of the included studies was presented.

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Rumination and postnatal depression: a systematic review and cognitive model

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Jill Domoney publishes her debut Mental Ef blog on a recent systematic review focusing on the perinatal period, which includes a new cognitive model of rumination and postnatal depression.

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Does taking antidepressants during pregnancy harm the child? Here are the facts

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Ian Jones summarises a number of studies that consider the benefits and harms of antidepressants during pregnancy, including a recent cohort study that found that exposure to antidepressants in the womb is associated with a modest increased risk of speech and language disorders.

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Maternal anxiety disorders in the postnatal period: what do we know?

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Janes Iles and Annette Eneberi summarise a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of current research evidence on anxiety disorders and their prevalence amongst postpartum women.

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