The costs of perinatal mental health problems

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Bauer, Annette; Parsonage, Michael; Knapp, Martin
Centre for Mental Health
Date of publication
20 October 2014
Mental health services
Social welfare
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Perinatal mental health problems are very common, affecting up to 20% of women at some point during the perinatal period. They are also of major importance as a public health issue, not just because of their adverse impact on the mother but also because they have been shown to compromise the healthy emotional, cognitive and even physical development of the child, with serious long-term consequences. This report seeks – for the first time in the published literature – to provide comprehensive estimates of the costs of maternal perinatal mental health problems, including the adverse effects of maternal mental illness on the child as well as the mother.

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