Women are at an increased risk of depression during pregnancy (known as
the antenatal or prenatal period) and in the year following childbirth
(known as the postnatal period). This time frame (the period covered by
pregnancy and the first year after the baby’s birth) brings with it many
changes and sometimes mental health concerns can arise from a
significant life transition. Perinatal and postpartum depression affects more than the mother. It can
impact her relationship with the baby, the child’s development, the
dynamic between her partner and other members of the family. In its most
extreme form it can result in perinatal psychosis or postpartum
psychosis. Seeking treatment for postpartum depression is important.
There are a range of effective treatment options from knowledgeable and
trained perinatal and postpartum therapists.