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Ten questions on perinatal mental health

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Perinatal mental health illness is common. Between 10% and 20% of women will develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. Mental illness is also one of the major causes of maternal death (from suicide).

This resource explores the practical implications for primary care of the NICE guideline CG192 Antenatal and postnatal mental health, presenting ten questions for you to ask yourself about perinatal mental health. The module highlights the recommendations from the guideline relevant to general practice, and has been developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance to raise awareness and support implementation of the NICE guideline in primary care. This resource is not RCGP guidance: it is an implementation tool and should be used alongside the published NICE guidance.


After completing this activity, you should be better able to:

  • Understand why perinatal mental health is important
  • Know what questions to ask to detect perinatal mental illness
  • List red flags indicating greater risk of serious mental health problems
  • Know where to find NICE guidance on prescribing psychotropic medication


Dr Judy Shakespeare

Clinical champion for perinatal mental health, RCGP

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.