Perinatal Mood Disorders
What are Perinatal Mood Disorders?
A wide variety of mood and psychotic disorders occur in relationship to pregnancy and childbirth. These include postnatal depression, that affects around 1 in 10 women after having a baby, and postpartum psychosis (puerperal psychosis), which affects around 1 in 1000 women at this time.
Women with bipolar disorder are at a particularly high risk of a postpartum episode. Postpartum mood disorders cause immense suffering for women, their children and their families.
Suicide is a leading cause of maternal death in the UK, highlighting the importance of understanding more about these conditions and developing better ways to help women who experience postpartum episodes.