Providers need guidance on managing perinatal mental health.

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Date: Oct. 3, 2022
From: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal(Vol. 194, Issue 38)
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Letter to the editor
Length: 743 words
Lexile Measure: 1740L

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The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) represents 4000 health care providers from the areas of obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, nursing and midwifery. Perinatal mental health is a key focus as evidence emerges of adverse effects of perinatal mental illness on pregnancy outcomes, postpartum health and child development.

One of Canada's great unknowns is the state of perinatal mental health, its role in perinatal morbidity and mortality and the opportunities for prevention to improve the outcome for people who are pregnant and for children across generations. Consequences of untreated illness can be severe and have negative implications for the health of the parent and child, including suicide or infanticide. (1)

Over the last 4 years, the SOGC has been leading the implementation of a confidential-enquiry approach to the deaths of pregnant people to learn of the circumstances, contributing factors and opportunities for prevention. Canada does not have accurate information related to perinatal health, but data from the United Kingdom and the United States suggest that 60% of perinatal deaths are preventable and perinatal mental illness has been recognized as a leading factor....

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