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Maternal Mental Health

Call for Papers

New Content ItemIt is estimated that up to 1 in 4 women are affected by clinically significant perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and many more experience less-severe symptoms of poor mental health.  If not addressed, these symptoms and disorders may cause lasting harm to mothers, babies, and families.

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth has launched this collection to focus on research about maternal mental health and mood during the perinatal period - from pregnancy through 12 months postpartum.  This includes depression and depressive symptoms, anxiety and anxiety symptoms, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm, isolation and loneliness, and stigma about mental illness and seeking healthcare for it.

The collection welcomes quantitative and qualitative research about pregnancy- and postpartum-specific mood and anxiety disorders and symptoms among women, as well as research about the effect of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period on previously diagnosed disorders.  The collection also considers research on the interaction between physical symptoms during pregnancy, such as diabetes or sleep disruptions, and maternal mental health.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by our Guest Editors Dr. Maggie Redshaw and Dr. Karen Wynter.

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Data sets and descriptions relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes as Data Notes. You can find out more about this article type here. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

We will be accepting submissions to this Collection through Oct. 31, 2021.

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) usually follows a catastrophic event. However, the experience of child birth can be severe enough to cause PTSD in some women. The aim of this study is to highlight the pr...

    Authors: Wedisha Imal Gankanda, Ileperuma Arachchige Gayani Malsha Perera Gunathilake, Nalaka Lasantha Kahawala and Augustus Keshala Probhodana Ranaweera

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:626

    Content type: Research article

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  2. COVID-19 has placed additional stressors on mothers during an already vulnerable lifecourse transition. Initial social distancing restrictions (Timepoint 1; T1) and initial changes to those social distancing r...

    Authors: Leanne Jackson, Leonardo De Pascalis, Joanne A. Harrold, Victoria Fallon and Sergio A. Silverio

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:625

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Perinatal depression is of substantial public health importance in low and middle income countries. The study aimed to evaluate the impact of a mental health intervention delivered by non-specialist health wor...

    Authors: Juliet E. M. Nakku, Oliva Nalwadda, Emily Garman, Simone Honikman, Charlotte Hanlon, Fred Kigozi and Crick Lund

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:584

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Antenatal women experience an increased level of mood and anxiety symptoms, which have negative effects on mothers’ mental and physical health as well as the health of their newborns. The relation of maternal ...

    Authors: Hua Li, Angela Bowen, Rudy Bowen, Nazeem Muhajarine and Lloyd Balbuena

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:583

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The birth of a child entails major changes in a woman’s life. In the perinatal period, the woman is particularly susceptible to emotional problems. The objective of the present paper was to investigate the rel...

    Authors: Grażyna Iwanowicz-Palus, Agnieszka Marcewicz and Agnieszka Bień

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:517

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a significant cause of maternal morbidity and has severe consequences on the well-being of mothers, new-borns, families, and communities. PPD reduces the mother’s response to the...

    Authors: Catherine Atuhaire, Godfrey Zari Rukundo, Grace Nambozi, Joseph Ngonzi, Daniel Atwine, Samuel Nambile Cumber and Laura Brennaman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:503

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Depression is a serious mental health disorder that might affect women in the childbearing period. Incidences increase during pregnancy as well as after delivery. Its association with intimate partner violence...

    Authors: Hanan M. Ghoneim, Mohamed Elprince, Tamer Yehia M. Ali, Waleed F. Gharieb and Amal A. Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:502

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Postpartum depression is fairly common in new mothers and moreover associated with impaired bonding and poor maternal well-being. The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of a mother-infant s...

    Authors: Verena Wulff, Philip Hepp, Oliver T. Wolf, Tanja Fehm and Nora K. Schaal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:501

    Content type: Research article

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Dr Maggie Redshaw
New Content ItemDr. Redshaw is a Research Psychologist, most recently working in the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in the University of Oxford. She has published over 200 papers and reports on neonatal care, developmental outcomes, maternity care and the experience for women from many different groups and psychological issues, particularly those relating to perinatal mental health.


Dr Karen Wynter
New Content ItemDr Wynter is a perinatal researcher with a special interest in mental health, sleep, family functioning and health service use among expectant and new parents. She is a member of the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health, and Executive Secretary of the Australasian branch. She is internationally recognised for her research among fathers.