- Article: McCaul A, Stokes J (2011) Perinatal support to protect maternal mental health. Nursing Times; 107: 48, 16-18.
- Author: Anthony McCaul is senior media and campaigns officer; Jayne Stokes is director of business development; both at Family Action.
- One in six mothers is affected by perinatal mental health issues and stress
- Early intervention is crucial to better relationships and child development
- The Family Action perinatal support project complements the health visitor role
- Volunteer befrienders can reduce anxiety and depression and improve mother-baby bonding
- This approach is a cost-effective way to improve perinatal mental health
- How does stress and mental health problems during pregnancy and after child birth affect
the relationship between the mother and child?
- What interventions can be used to ensure healthy attachment between the mother and
- If women feel depressed or unable to cope, what barriers prevent women asking for help?
- How can befriending scheme help support women during pregnancy and childbirth?