Special Issue "Maternal Perinatal Mental Health: 2nd Edition"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. M. Carmen Míguez Varela
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Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Campus Vida, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Interests: perinatal mental health; smoking and pregnancy; perinatal anxiety and depression; smoking
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue (2nd Edition) will focus on women's mental health at two important periods in their lives: pregnancy and postpartum. Therefore, we are seeking high-quality contributions on themes relating to perinatal mental health. Research on the topic includes prevalence, screening and diagnostic instruments, comorbidity, associated and/or risk factors, effects or consequences, and interventions.

An estimated one in five women will develop a mental disorder during pregnancy and/or postpartum up to one year after childbirth. Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent perinatal mental disorders and a major public health problem with adverse health consequences for mother and baby. Despite this, there is no standard protocol that healthcare professionals can follow to help them detect possible cases of mental health problems. As a result, many women are left unscreened, undiagnosed, and thus untreated for a treatable disorder. On the other hand, to design specific prevention and intervention programs, it is crucial to investigate the variables associated with an increased risk of perinatal mental-health problems. For example, substance abuse, such as tobacco and alcohol, is often associated with mental-health disorders during pregnancy.

This Special Issue will interest researchers and practitioners in mental health, maternal and child health, and women´s health. I hope that this Special Issue will also encourage healthcare professionals to be more aware of the importance of this issue, screen for prenatal and postpartum depression or anxiety, and learn about mental-health resources available in their communities.

I invite those of you working in this area to submit articles on themes relating to mental health in pregnancy and postpartum. The keywords listed below provide an outline of some areas of potential interest.


Prof. Dr. María del Carmen Míguez Varela

Guest Editor

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  • perinatal mental health
  • perinatal depression
  • perinatal anxiety
  • perinatal stress
  • assessment tools
  • epidemiology
  • perinatal mental health and tobacco consumption
  • perinatal mental health and alcohol consumption
  • risk factors
  • effects
  • prevention
  • treatment

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Healthy Moms and Babies Preventive Psychological Intervention Application: A Study Protocol
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(23), 12485; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182312485 (registering DOI) - 27 Nov 2021
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Depression is the most common psychological disorder during the perinatal period, and its negative effects extend to mothers, babies, their family and society. Scientific evidence points to the urgency of designing preventive interventions and concludes that the gestational period is the most appropriate [...] Read more.
Depression is the most common psychological disorder during the perinatal period, and its negative effects extend to mothers, babies, their family and society. Scientific evidence points to the urgency of designing preventive interventions and concludes that the gestational period is the most appropriate time to implement these interventions. However, many pregnant women do not seek professional help due to a lack of knowledge about the importance of mental health, its impact, and the available intervention options, as well as a lack of time and financial resources. E-health interventions can be an efficient, cost-effective, and accessible resource for preventing postpartum depression that can circumvent the barriers that pregnant women face. This randomized clinical trial will examine the efficacy of Healthy Moms and Babies, an app aimed at preventing postpartum depressive symptomatology. The second objective of this study is to analyze the effectiveness of the tool in preventing anxious symptomatology. The primary outcome measure is the difference in the mean score between the intervention and control groups on the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) at the end of the intervention and at 3 and 6 months postpartum. The secondary outcome will be determined by using the Generalized Anxiety Disorder Screener (GAD-7) at the same time points. The research findings can be used to determine pregnant women’s use of the e-health application for the prevention of postpartum depression, whether the Healthy Moms and Babies intervention app is an effective and useful resource, and what modifications will need to be made to the tool in future updates. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Maternal Perinatal Mental Health: 2nd Edition)
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