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World J Obstet Gynecol. May 10, 2015; 4(2): 46-51
Published online May 10, 2015. doi: 10.5317/wjog.v4.i2.46
Mental health of perinatal women
Marjan Khajehei
Marjan Khajehei, Research Department, Karitane, Villawood NSW 2163, Australia
Marjan Khajehei, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
Author contributions: Khajehei M solely contributed to this paper.
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Correspondence to: Marjan Khajehei, MSc, PhD, Research Department, Karitane, PO Box 241, Villawood NSW 2163, Australia.
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Received: December 2, 2014
Peer-review started: December 2, 2014
First decision: December 26, 2014
Revised: January 6, 2015
Accepted: March 16, 2015
Article in press: March 18, 2015
Published online: May 10, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Pregnancy and childbirth are major stressors for some women. Undetected and untreated perinatal mental illnesses can have negative unexpected impacts on parenting skills of the women and children’s development. Mentally ill mothers may experience an unfavourable mother-child attachment. Perinatal mental illness affects the child’s language, social, emotional and cognitive development.