Implementing perinatal mental health screening for women of refugee background: an evaluation

2020-01-21T04:45:33Z (GMT) by SUZANNE MARGARET WILLEY
The perinatal mental health screening program was developed because up to 1 in 5 women feel depressed or anxious when pregnant or after having a baby. Women of refugee background may be more likely to be at risk of depression and anxiety in pregnancy. 274 women from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds were recruited to the study. We found 34% had both depression and anxiety symptoms in early pregnancy. Women and maternity care providers agreed the program helped to improve conversations about mental health. This screening program provides evidence for how to scale-up the program to the broader maternity service.