UMass Chan Medical School Faculty Publications


Consensus Bundle on Maternal Mental Health: Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Maternal and Child Health | Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing | Mental and Social Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Psychiatry and Psychology | Women's Health


Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions encountered by women of reproductive age. When left untreated, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can have profound adverse effects on women and their children, ranging from increased risk of poor adherence to medical care, exacerbation of medical conditions, loss of interpersonal and financial resources, smoking and substance use, suicide, and infanticide. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are associated with increased risks of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity and are recognized as a significant patient safety issue. In 2015, the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care convened an interdisciplinary workgroup to develop an evidence-based patient safety bundle to address maternal mental health. The focus of this bundle is perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The bundle is modeled after other bundles released by the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care and provides broad direction for incorporating perinatal mood and anxiety disorder screening, intervention, referral, and follow-up into maternity care practice across health care settings. This commentary provides information to assist with bundle implementation.

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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Mar - Apr;46(2):272-281. 10.1016/j.jogn.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Feb 9. Link to article on publisher's site


This article was also reprinted in: (1) Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Mar;129(3):422-430. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001902 and (2) J Midwifery Womens Health. 2017 Mar;62(2):232-239. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12603. Epub 2017 Apr 6.

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Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN

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