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How can perinatal support help to protect maternal mental health?

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Key points

  1. One in six mothers is affected by perinatal mental health issues and stress
  2. Early intervention is crucial to better relationships and child development
  3. The Family Action perinatal support project complements the health visitor role
  4. Volunteer befrienders can reduce anxiety and depression and improve mother-baby bonding
  5. This approach is a cost-effective way to improve perinatal mental health

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  • 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?


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