Research suggests around 20 per cent of women will experience perinatal anxiety, but of these, less than 50 per cent will seek help or be identified as needing treatment.
Facing uncertainty can be a trigger for anxiety, and this is particularly true for women during the perinatal period. Many mums find that pregnancy and motherhood is naturally filled with many unknowns - if you add in the additional uncertainties we are all feeling during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is completely understandable that many women accessing your services will be finding things much more challenging at the moment.
What is perinatal anxiety?
In this video, clinical psychologists Dr Anna Lovatt and Dr Libby Chamberlain explain how women’s brains undergo significant changes during pregnancy to help them prepare for motherhood. Feeling worried and anxious during pregnancy and motherhood is normal – but for some women these worries can build up and feel overwhelming, impacting on daily life.
Perinatal anxiety and the Covid-19 pandemic
Living through a global pandemic is an extraordinary experience which can affect us in many different ways. In this video, clinical psychologists Dr Anna Lovatt and Dr Libby Chamberlain describe how our brains respond to threat and the impact this can have on our psychological wellbeing and relationships.
How to help a woman who is anxious in the perinatal period
Anxiety can affect us all. Many of the women and families you support may be experiencing an increase in anxiety. This video, by clinical psychologists Dr Libby Chamberlain and Dr Anna Lovatt, gives some ideas and simple, compassion-focused strategies that you can share with women during the perinatal period.