Abstract

Postnatal depression (PND) has a profound impact on maternal health and wellbeing, and both short-term and long-term implications for the developing child and wider family. Treatment is, therefore, a major public health concern. This research overview addresses:

  • the timing and course of depression in the postnatal period
  • the effects of depression for the mother and the developing child
  • treatment options and their effectiveness, with a particular focus on the mother-baby relationship and programmes to improve mother-baby interaction and long-term outcomes