Conversations in Obstetrics and Gynecology

COG#6 - Perinatal Mental Health

Feb. 1, 2018

Mental health problems affect up to 20% of women around the time of pregnancy and birth. This month we talk to Dr Jo Black, a perinatal psychiatrist from Devon in the UK and an associate director of the NHS’ National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy.

We discuss some findings from the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing’s latest maternal mortality report:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2017. Maternal deaths in Australia 2012–2014. Cat. no. PER 92. Canberra: AIHW.


In journal club we discuss 3 articles:

Hewitt, Belinda, Lyndall Strazdins, and Bill Martin. "The benefits of paid maternity leave for mothers' post-partum health and wellbeing: Evidence from an Australian evaluation." Social Science & Medicine 182 (2017): 97-105.


Gressier, Florence, et al. "Risk factors for suicide attempt in pregnancy and the post-partum period in women with serious mental illnesses." Journal of psychiatric research 84 (2017): 284-291.


Yildiz, Pelin Dikmen, Susan Ayers, and Louise Phillips. "The prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in pregnancy and after birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis." Journal of affective disorders 208 (2017): 634-645. neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.