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Perinatal mental health screening: progress over time and who is missing out
Maternal mental health issues are common in the perinatal period (during pregnancy and the first postnatal year), with up to 20% ofwomen reporting anxiety, depression or stress(1). Poor maternal mental health is associated with poorer birth outcomes and poorerchild development due to effects on parenting practices, impaired attachment between mother and child, and reduced physicalcare (2-7). Screening for perinatal mental health issues is the first critical step in a pathway of care. Australian clinical practiceguidelines recommend routine mental health screening during pregnancy and after birth, but current screening rates and changesover time are unknown

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Prof Gita Mishra
Dr Katrina Moss
Prof Annette Dobson
A/Prof Leigh Tooth
Prof Deborah Loxton
Dr Nicole Reilly