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Book Review: Modern management of perinatal psychiatric disorders (Second edition)

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This book presents a comprehensive synthesis of the evidence on perinatal mental health disorders. Written by perinatal and child psychiatrists, the book provides information for midwives, nurses and other professionals on the care of women with perinatal mental health disorders.

Written predominantly from a bio-medical perspective, the book also covers the aetiology, epidemiology and management of mental health disorders in childbirth.

The main mild-to-moderate perinatal mental health disorders are covered, for example postnatal and antenatal depression, anxiety and stress. However, the management and care of women with puerperal psychosis and pre-existing mental health problems are also discussed.

Despite the emphasis on a medical model of care, the authors devote chapters to other important topics in perinatal mental health, such as the impact on infant attachment and development, the provision of primary and secondary care services for women who experience difficulties,

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