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Aust J Midwifery. 2003 Mar;16(1):5-9.

Mental illness in women who have young children: current literature.

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  • 1Centre for Rural Mental Health, Bendigo Health Care Group, PO Box 126, Bendigo Vic 3552.


Postnatal depression is an illness that has been researched a great deal in recent years. While much is known about the prevalence and contributing factors, it is not clear whether antenatal interventions are successful in preventing postnatal depression. Mother-child relationships where the mother has a mental illness, have been reported to be more negative and may adversely affect the child's development. Many researchers discuss the importance of supporting such families, not only to improve their current situation, but also to help prevent the development of mental health problems in the children.

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