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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

Members' discount available

Published: Mar 2017

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 330

ISBN: 9781909726772

Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders (2nd edn)

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.

Readership: All adult 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.


About the authors:

Dr Carol Henshaw has been President of the Marcé Society, an international organisation for the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental illness related to childbearing. She was a senior lecturer in perinatal psychiatry with many years’ clinical experience as a consultant perinatal psychiatrist.

Professor John Cox has held the positions of President of the Marcé Society, Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. A developer of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, he has around 40 years of clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry.

Dr Joanne Barton is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist whose day-to-day work with young people and their families is a constant reminder of the importance of parental mental health to the well-being and development of children.

"Essential reading for anyone who cares for women with perinatal mental health problems. ...A rich and impressive collection of evidence-based information for the novice student, the expert practitioner and the academic interested in the area of perinatal psychiatry. ...The authors have skilfully collated and updated an array of evidence on perinatal psychiatry in a readable and accessible manner. ...As a midwifery educator and researcher, I found this book invaluable."
British Journal of Midwifery



The authors


Foreword - Margaret Oates


  1. Historical perspectives 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: Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Appendix 3: Resources



 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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