Perinatal mental distress: An under-recognised concern

Perinatal mental distress is an under-recognised condition that can have serious consequences for a woman and her baby, and potentially also lead to intergenerational cycles of compromised wellbeing. This evidence brief gives an overview of the state of perinatal mental distress in Aotearoa, the underlying social and biological risk factors, and some prevention and management approaches. Early universal screening with a culturally appropriate tool is important, as is raised awareness of perinatal distress to reduce stigma and encourage women/whānau to seek help.


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Illustration courtesy of Helen Clark Foundation | Mahi a Rongo; illustrated by League of Live Illustrators