Journal article

The transition to motherhood: Towards a broader understanding of perinatal distress

Sofia Rallis, Helen Skouteris, Marita McCabe, Jeannette Milgrom

Women and Birth | ELSEVIER | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A substantial body of research has focused on maternal perinatal mood and wellbeing, with the focus predominantly being on depression, and to a lesser extent, anxiety. Perinatal maternal stress has also been investigated recently, but to a far lesser extent. The present paper questions whether the term 'perinatal distress' accurately captures the range of challenges experienced by women during the perinatal period, when the scope of 'distress' is limited to the experience of depression and anxiety alone. METHOD: A review of the perinatal literature was conducted using several databases, to identify studies that have focused on the experience of stress as a distinct affective stat..

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