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Title: Outcomes for infants whose mothers had an eating disorder in the perinatal period: A systematic review of the evidence
Contributor(s): Mah, Beth (author); Cibralic, Sara (author); Hanna, Joanne  (author); Hart, Melissa (author); Loughland, Carmel (author); Cosh, Suzanne  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021-12
Early Online Version: 2021-10-05
DOI: 10.1002/eat.23612
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Objective: To establish any health outcomes for infants to age one, associated with their mother having a diagnosis of an active eating disorder during pregnancy or the 12-month postnatal period.

Method: A qualitative systematic literature review of numerous databases (Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Scopus, Cochrane Library, MedNar, PsycExtra, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Open Grey) was performed examining any infant health outcomes.

Results: This resulted in 22 included studies (17 cohort, 3 cross-sectional, 1 case controlled and 1 mixed methods study). A range of adverse infant outcomes including poor birth, growth and interactional feeding outcomes were identified.

Discussion: Antenatal identification and treatment for women with an eating disorder during the perinatal period and their infants are vital. Optimizing pregnancy nutrition, maternal eating disorder symptoms and feeding interactions appear particularly important.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Eating Disorders, 54(12), p. 2077-2094
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1098-108X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
420403 Psychosocial aspects of childbirth and perinatal mental health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200506 Neonatal and child health
200509 Women's and maternal health
200409 Mental health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Psychology

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