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Statement World Mental Health Day 2020: Good Practices in Perinatal Mental Health is Needed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 10th 2020 – On World Mental Health Day 2020, the multidisciplinary EU-funded network of researchers and professionals on perinatal mental health, COST Action Riseup-PPD, continues raising awareness on good practices in perinatal mental health is during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Statement World Health Day 2020: Research is needed to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on maternal mental health

April 7th 2020 – On World Health Day 2020, the multidisciplinary EU-funded network of researchers and professionals on perinatal mental health, COST Action Riseup-PPD, raises awareness of the impact of COVID-19 on maternal mental health.

In light of the unprecedented crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, protocols for prenatal care and childbirth have been changing all over Europe. In the interests of safety, new practices are being adopted by perinatal health care services that seem to contrast with respectful and supported birth and postpartum period, negatively impacting new mothers’ mental health and consequently their newborn. For instance, some countries are banning partners from accompanying women to the hospital and being present during labour, imposing restrictions on postnatal visits and seperating women from their newborn.

Therefore, we have decided to create a new Task Force “Perinatal Mental Health and COVID-19 epidemic” in order to promote best practices in maternal mental health that may mitigate the impact of COVID-19 management in women’s mental health.

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