The impact of COVID-19 on maternal mental health


The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on global mental health is widely acknowledged, and women in the perinatal period may be particularly vulnerable to related mental health problems. In this podcast, Dr Liz Rose and Dr Mano Manoharan talk to CPDO Trainee Editor Dr Jennifer Powell about the effect the pandemic has had on the mental health of this group, highlighting recent case examples from a busy and diverse perinatal psychiatry service.


Date published: 10 March 2021

Presenter: Dr Jennifer Powell

Interviewee: Dr Mano Manoharan and Dr Liz Rose

Audio running time: 33 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women prior to conception, with consideration to the challenges within relationships


  • the effects of the pandemic on antenatal care and perinatal mental healthcare provision


  • the impact the pandemic has had on mental health and wellbeing for women during pregnancy and the post-partum period


  • the difficulties and benefits of remote working with this patient group


  • the long-term impact of COVID-19 on perinatal mental health and perinatal mental health services.


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Podcast Surviving the trauma: post-traumatic stress disorder in relation to COVID-19 with Professor Jonathan Bisson


Module Psychiatric aspects of perinatal loss by Dr William Badenhorst

This podcast is a joint commission with the following article published in BJPsych Advances:

Rose E, Manoharan M, Powell J (2020) Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal mental health. BJPsych Advances, 1–4. Doi:10.1192/bja.2020.78. [abstract]


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