A woman with her baby collects her household goods in front of her newly built shack in Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town.
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Pregnant women and mothers of infants are at a higher risk of experiencing depression because of increased pressures they face economically, in their relationships, with their families, and socially.
Women in Africa who suffer from postnatal depression often go undiagnosed and untreated.
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Initiatives to help women suffering postnatal depression are needed and should be encouraged and integrated as part of routine antenatal and postnatal care.
Much of the baby’s distress, as well as that of the parents, can be prevented.
From the moment their baby is born, Australian parents receive conflicting advice on how to cope with newborn issues. What we are doing wastes our resources, but we’re not investing in alternatives.
Suicide is uncommon during pregnancy – it occurs more frequently when a pregnancy is over.
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The clinical committee reviewing obstetrics services for the federal government’s Medicare review said suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in Australia. Is that true?
Why is it we feel sympathy for George Eliot’s Hetty Sorrel, but judge women who abandon their babies in real life?
Stories of child abandonment in fiction have remarkable parallels to the real life experiences.
Most parents we interviewed described having “unrealistic” expectations about baby behaviour.
Becoming a parent is commonly imagined to be a joyful and “natural” life event. The reality is often very different. In the early weeks and months of life with a first baby, parents must master new skills…
Hormones are one of many factors that can trigger or perpetuate mental ill health.
Political controversies often use the suffix “gate” to embellish their significance. In pop psychology, the equivalent is the made-up “syndrome”, which involves a combination of symptoms and circumstances…
As many as one in three mothers experience anxious symptoms after the birth of their first child, according to new research…