A new guideline is now available on best practice in mental health care in the perinatal period.
Launched at the Australasian Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health conference in Brisbane, the guideline builds on the current recommendations developed by Beyondblue and broadens the scope to include schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder, as well as depressive and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis.
The guideline applies to GPs, obstetricians and midwives, and highlights the importance of team-based care.
Endorsed by the NHMRC, it was updated for the Federal Government by the Centre of Perinatal Excellence and the Expert Working Group.
Here is a summary of recommendations and practice points.