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Impact of Antenatal and Postpartum Maternal Mental Illness: How are the Children?

BRAND, SARAH R. MA; BRENNAN, PATRICIA A. PhD

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: September 2009 - Volume 52 - Issue 3 - p 441-455
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181b52930
Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy

Prospective studies that begin during pregnancy and follow the mothers and children into adolescence have shown that maternal mental illness during the antenatal and postpartum period can have long-lasting negative consequences on the developing child. The findings from these prospective studies and a discussion of the consistencies and inconsistencies in the current literature are presented. The effects of maternal anxiety and depression during the perinatal period on cognitive, behavioral, and psychologic development from infancy through adolescence are examined.

Department of Clinical Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Correspondence: Sarah R. Brand, MA, Emory University, 1462 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA. E-mail: sbrand@emory.edu

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.