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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders (2nd edn)

Carol Henshaw, John Cox and Joanne Barton

Price: £35.00

College members' price: £31.50

Published: tbc

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 320

ISBN: 9781909726772

Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders (2nd edn)

Due out April 2017. 
You can buy this title online now, but please note your copy will not be sent out until April 2017.

The management of mental health problems is a core component of maternity care. Pregnancy and childbirth may be accompanied by recurrence of pre-existing psychiatric problems, and conditions such as postnatal depression and puerperal psychosis may arise following delivery. Correct management of these problems is essential for both the mother and the developing infant.


This book provides a comprehensive overview of mental health problems associated with pregnancy and the year after delivery. The second edition has been updated to reflect current practice, recent evidence and new clinical guidelines. Key topics covered include:


  • Issues for children and families.
  • Screening for and prevention of mental disorders in relation to childbirth.
  • Prescribing and physical treatments in pregnancy and lactation.
  • Transcultural issues.
  • Diagnosis and management.

An important text for psychiatrists who work with pregnant women or new mothers, this book is essential for trainees in perinatal psychiatry and will also be a useful resource for nurses, psychologists, obstetricians, midwives and health visitors.


Readership: All adult psychiatrists who work with pregnant women or new mothers.  It will be also be useful for trainee psychiatrists and for healthcare professionals of the allied disciplines such as midwives and health visitors.


About the authors:

Dr Carol Henshaw - Consultant Psychiatrist at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust; Visiting Fellow at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent; and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool.
Prof John Cox - Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Keele University, Staffs.
Dr Joanne Barton - Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, North Staffs Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, Stoke-on-Trent.

Critical review for the first edition:
"The authors successfully bridge science and practice, and ... do not merely highlight problems. Rather they also provide specific means for addressing these issues through clear and feasible recommendations. ...Overall, this book provides an integrative approach that will appeal to researchers and clinicians alike. ...This book is an important and substantial addition to the field of perinatal psychiatry. Perinatal mental health is examined from every angle to help practitioners provide the best and appropriately specialized care for women surrounding childbirth."
Psychology of Women Quarterly



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Foreword - Margaret Oates


  1. Historical perspective and classification issues
  2. Perinatal depression, anxiety, stress and adjustment
  3. Puerperal psychosis
  4. Childbearing in women with existing mental disorders
  5. Substance misuse
  6. Perinatal mental illness, children and the family
  7. Screening and prevention
  8. Physical treatments during pregnancy
  9. Physical treatments and breastfeeding
  10. Service provision
  11. Perinatal psychiatry in multi-ethnic communities

Appendix 1: Organisations offering support and information

Appendix 2: The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Appendix 3: Resources



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