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In 2019, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) commissioned a systematic evidence review to assess the benefits, risks, target population and timing of preventive interventions for postnatal depression (PND).1 Given the high incidence of PND—15–20% of women being affected by depression and anxiety in the first year after childbirth in the UK2—and significant short-term and long-term consequences for mother and child,1 3 4 awareness among paediatricians of effective risk-stratifying and preventive strategies is of significant importance to maternal, child and public health.
What should I be doing?
Be aware of the strong association between maternal mental …
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