Mothers are not OK – Postpartum Depression

The rates and severity of postpartum depression and anxiety symptoms amongst women who wanted treatment for postpartum depression worsened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Midwives, counsellors, and psychologists need knowledge of postpartum depression.

Mothers with mental health concerns during the Covid-19 pandemic are an extremely vulnerable group, and women seeking treatment for these problems after delivery may be at the greatest risk. However, very little has been explored on the impact of the pandemic on this group. Most research examining the impact of Covid-19 on maternal mental health has centred on general population samples of pregnant or postpartum women, some of which have excluded women with previous or existing mental health issues.

Health issues that mothers with infants may develop within the initial weeks of labour are postpartum haemorrhage, fever, infection, abdominal and back pain, urinary tract complications as well as postpartum depression.

The long-term effects of the pandemic on maternal mental health and also the development of their offspring are still unknown. Considering the difficulties women face once accessing mental health treatment, the problems that have emerged throughout COVID-19 may lead to additional chronic difficulties, so it is necessary that mothers (especially new mothers) have timely access to effective treatments that Laurian Ward can offer.