Prevention, mental health and perinatal psychiatry


Université Denis Diderot Paris, France


Mental health during the peripartum has attracted considerable attention in the past decades. It is now a given that pregnancy and the peripartum are not devoid of mental health issues and that in fact women are more likely to face mental health problems during this period. Of great concern and yet still lacking the attention it deserves, the impact of maternal mental health issues on the foetus, the new-born, the child and in fact, whole life long health and mental health are still controversial. We argue that care during the peripartum is essential as a means of access to better health for parent and infant , but also as an incredibly powerful approach for prevention of mental health issues for the next generation and the intergenerational transmission of vulnerability.