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COVID 19, perinatal mental health and the digital pivot

Das, Ranjana (2020) COVID 19, perinatal mental health and the digital pivot [Report]

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• The implications of perinatal mental health difficulties for mothers, babies and families is outlined succinctly in NICE guidance on the topic and perinatal mental ill-health remains the leading cause of maternal suicide in the first year. Many do not find diagnosis or support when Health Visiting services are struggling owing to public funding cuts.

• COVID-19 stands to impact perinatal mental health significantly –

• The pandemic might be reasonably expected to heighten pressures across the board during pregnancy and maternity by bringing higher socio-economic risks for women, exacerbated psycho-social risks, maternal isolation, halted routine contact with health-care professionals and familial/peer networks, relationship stresses and heightened maternal anxiety. These are significant sources of additional pressures perinatally

• COVID-19 and its broader socio-economic impacts, social distancing measures and changes to ante-natal and post-natal support services are likely to impact maternal mental health perinatally (before and after childbirth) with short and long-term risks for women, babies and families.

• In addition, such COVID-19 impacts in pregnancy and maternity will be experienced differently across communities, as evidence already exists that mothers from vulnerable groups and minority communities are at greater risk of poor mental health perinatally. In addition, minority-ethnic mothers face increased risks.

• Amidst this, a rapid digital pivot is starting, with numerous perinatal charity services moving online at speed. These are becoming a much-needed lifeline for many, who, under conditions of COVID-19, are impacted disproportionately by social distancing measures. The efficacy, resourcing, security and consequences of this digital move will need research as the pandemic and its impacts unfold.

Item Type: Report
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Date : 8 June 2020
Funders : University of Surrey
DOI : 10.15126/00857117
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Copyright Disclaimer : © The author 2020
Additional Information : Cite this report as - Das, R. (2020). COVID 19, perinatal mental health and the digital pivot. Guildford, Surrey. Ranjana Das;; @DrRanjanaDas. June, 2020
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 08 Jun 2020 11:53
Last Modified : 17 Nov 2020 08:47

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