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Promotion of Maternal–Infant Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published:August 11, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2020.07.004

      Abstract

      The COVID-19 pandemic has led to disruptions in health care in the perinatal period and women’s childbirth experiences. Organizations that represent health care professionals have responded with general practice guidelines for pregnant women, but limited attention has been devoted to mental health in the perinatal period during a pandemic. Evidence suggests that in this context, significant psychological distress may have the potential for long-term psychological harm for mothers and infants. For infants, this risk may extend into early childhood. In this commentary, we present recommendations for practice, research, and policy related to mental health in the perinatal period. These recommendations include the use of a trauma-informed framework to promote social support and infant attachment, use of technology and telehealth, and assessment for mental health needs and experiences of violence.

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