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Title: Antenatal Depression and the Experiences of Australian Women in the Maternity System during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Contributor(s): Frankham, Lucy J  (author); Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid ; Bartik, Warren  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021-11
Early Online Version: 2021-09-17
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.4236/ojd.2021.104010
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Abstract: The mitigation efforts of COVID-19 have led to significant changes to the delivery of routine healthcare globally. In Australia, the way maternal health services have been delivered since the beginning of the pandemic has also changed. Maternity care and support are known to influence maternal mental health. One hundred and eighty-eight English-speaking pregnant women residing in Australia were recruited using social media advertising between September and November 2020 as part of a larger study. Participants were aged between 19 and 42 (M = 31.05, SD = 4.68). Compared with previous Australian prevalence rates of around 7% for antenatal depression, rates in this study were 15.9% overall and 19% for those in Melbourne. Antenatal depression was positively associated with COVID-19 distress in relation to having a baby during a COVID-19 outbreak r(186) = 0.30, p < 0.001. It is suggested that increased vigilance with screening and assessment will be required to identify and support mothers who are not coping during the pandemic.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Open Journal of Depression, 10(4), p. 155-167
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing, Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 2169-9674
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520304 Health psychology
420403 Psychosocial aspects of childbirth and perinatal mental health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
200401 Behaviour and health
200509 Women's and maternal health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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