Perinatal mental health (PMH) problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Peri is the Greek for “around”, and natal from the Latin word ‘natus’ for “birth”.
10-20% of women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or the first year after having a baby.1
If left untreated, mental health issues can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman, the child, and the wider family.
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