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Behind the Pages: Perinatal Mental Health Theme Issue

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Behind the Pages: Perinatal Mental Health Theme Issue

Health Affairs' Leslie Erdelack, Ellen Bayer, and Kathleen Haddad discuss the publication process and research insights from Health Affairs October 2021 theme issue on perinatal mental health.
October 8, 2021

Behind the Pages: Perinatal Mental Health Theme Issue

In October, Health Affairs published an issue dedicated to perinatal mental health.

There has long been an awareness of the harm associated with perinatal depression and mood disorders. Perinatal depression and mood disorders occur in the context of social, economic, and other health conditions that affect the well-being of birthing people, families, and communities. Prevention, screening, and treatment can promote mental health in pregnant and postpartum individuals, but it is sporadic, and there are many missed opportunities as individuals seek and obtain care within the health care system and community.

The purpose of this theme issue is to explore the policy opportunities and evidence behind those options for improving support for people before, during, and after giving birth.

In today’s episode of Health Affairs This Week, Senior Editors Leslie Erdelack, Ellen Bayer, and Kathleen Haddad discuss the publication process and highlight the research insights from the issue.

Order the October Perinatal Mental Health Theme Issue.

Health Affairs thanks Jennifer Moore, founding executive director of the Institute for Medicaid Innovation, for serving as theme adviser for the perinatal mental health papers in the October issue. We thank the California Health Care Foundation, Perigee Fund, and ZOMA Foundation for their financial support of this issue.

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