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Isabelle Bannerman, Main focus: News and journalism in the digital age, society, Swiss abroad, health and science Initials: ib

What can be done to help mothers who experience mental illness during and after pregnancy?

Worldwide, one in ten pregnant women and 13 per cent of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression.

But this is rarely talked about, in science or society. There is a lack of data to guide treatment because pregnant women are an under-researched group. Yet the effects of depression and other disorders during pregnancy and after birth have a significant impact on outcomes for babies.

Have you experienced depression or other mental health issues during and after pregnancy, or know someone who went through this? We’d like to hear from you!