The importance of perinatal mental health services

16 October 2017

Gold Coast Health perinatal psychiatrist Dr Susan Roberts heads up Queensland’s only inpatient facility offering perinatal and infant mental health services in a public hospital.

The Lavender Unit opened at Gold Coast University Hospital earlier this year. Dr Roberts told The Sunday Mail screening measures aimed to reach women at risk of perinatal anxiety, depression and psychosis earlier. 

“There is a universal screening system at hospitals where pregnant women are asked about their mental health. Later this month more comprehensive guidelines for this screening will be introduced. These are positive moves to reaching women early,” Dr Roberts said.

As many as 90 per cent of women experience some form of baby blues just after birth. 

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