The importance of looking after the mental health of parents during pregnancy and after childbirth, in order to promote the physical and mental well being of both parents and child, is highlighted in The Lancet published 14 November 2014.
This Lancet series discusses the full range of mental health disorders that can occur during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Dr Rebecca Pearson, who currently holds an Early Career Fellowship from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, was joint first author on the third paper, which summarises the evidence for links between parental mental health disorders and the risk of low birth weight, prematurity, and later psychological disturbances in children.
For further information and links to the papers please visit the news story
on the University website.