Nearly 40% of pregnant women living in poverty will experience mental illness
6 Mar 2014 - 19:30
A mother who feels safe, understood and well cared for will be better able to bond with, breastfeed and care for her baby. Photo courtesy of Perinatal Mental Health Project
The Perinatal Mental Health Project reveals that almost 40% of South African women living in poverty will experience some form of mental illness during pregnancy.
A mother who is experiencing emotional difficulties is more likely to have health problems, such as birth complications, traumatic birth experiences and postnatal depression.
These problems can be avoided or improved if the mother receives gentle and compassionate care, which is why the role of the health worker is so important. By caring for the mother’s overall wellbeing, health workers can positively impact the mother’s ability to care for her infant, and the later development of her child.
A mother who feels safe, understood and well cared for will be better able to bond with, breastfeed and care for her baby.