National Perinatal Mental Health Guidelines

Centre of Perinatal Excellence, Australia, 2018

The Guideline includes discussion of:

    • supporting emotional health and wellbeing of women
    • screening for symptoms of depression and anxiety and assessment for psychosocial factors that affect mental health
    • assessing mother-infant interaction and the safety of the woman and infant
    • referral and care pathways for women who require further assessment or care
    • care planning for women with diagnosed mental health conditions
    • psychological approaches to prevention and treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders
    • prescribing in pregnant and breastfeeding women, in terms of potential risks (harm to fetus/infant) and benefits
    • potential areas for future development to support the sustainable and measurable implementation of best practice.

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