Addressing Maternal Mental Health Through the Antenatal Platform: A Missed Opportunity

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By: Alexis D. Palfreyman, MPhil/PhD Candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science

Across most settings, and particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), antenatal care (ANC) is a critically missed opportunity to identify and support women with common mental health problems. ANC attendance in many LMICs is high and increasing and is one of the few junctures in a woman’s life where accessing health services is likely and may also be the first time she connects to the formal health system. From a practical perspective, introducing mental health screening and psychosocial interventions through ANC would allow more women to receive the screening, diagnosis and treatment they need, since postpartum care reaches only half the number of women that ANC does… read more