Mental health

Pregnancy in a pandemic: generalised anxiety disorder and health anxiety prevalence

Pregnancy is an occurrence which can be synonymous with anxieties and concerns (Rathbone and Prescott, 2019). Research suggests pregnant women are three times more likely to develop anxiety or an...

Diabetes, pregnancy and mental health: a tricky triad

Diabetes is one of the most common complications of pregnancy and encompasses gestational diabetes mellitus, which is diagnosed during pregnancy; and pre-existing diabetes, which includes type 1...

Pregnancy-specific health anxiety: symptom or diagnosis?

Anxiety is an innate human response to situations that cause fear, worry or concern It is experienced cognitively, emotionally and somatically Certain levels of anxiety are expected and typical when...

Reviewing the effect of hyperemesis gravidarum on women's lives and mental health

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a pregnancy condition characterised by extreme levels of intractable nausea and vomiting, fatigue, distorted olfaction responses and hypersalivation Symptoms can lead to...

Vulnerable migrant women and postnatal depression: A case of invisibility in maternity services?

Between 12–20% of women will experience a mental health issue during pregnancy or in the first year following birth The most common diagnoses are depression and/or anxiety, first diagnosed in the...

Post traumatic stress disorder post childbirth versus postnatal depression: a guide for midwives

The transition to motherhood is multifaceted, with many biological, physiological, social and psychological changes occurring simultaneously Although the majority of women make the transition to...

Do psychosocial interventions have an impact on maternal perception of perinatal depression?

Perinatal mental health is a key issue in contemporary maternity care, with suicide continuing to be a leading cause of maternal death in the UK (Knight et al, 2014) The most recent Confidential...

Paternal postnatal depression: How midwives can support families

Men's health is an important public health issue (Baker et al, 2014) Over the past 3 decades, the issue of men's health has moved from the margins to the centre of health discourse (Richardson, 2013)...

Public health and wellbeing: A matter for the midwife?

Public health is an important part of the midwife's role Naidoo and Wills (2000: 181) define public health as: A concern for the health of the whole population A concern for the...

Think pink! A sticker alert system for psychological distress or vulnerability during pregnancy

Effective empathic communication between midwives and women and their families is imperative to deliver good and effective clinical care Women who report good communication from their health...

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