Pregnancy professionals shed light on hidden issues pregnant women face

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Munster pregnancy professionals are urging expectant mums to keep a close eye on their mental health and are assured that support is there if they run into any issues.

Their advice comes after the International Day of the Midwife sparked a campaign to shine a light on some of the more hidden issues facing women giving birth.

There are around 60,000 births in Ireland a year, and Dr Margo Wrigley, HSE clinical lead on perinatal mental health, says up to a fifth of women who give birth will suffer from some sort of mental health problem during or after.

She said: “Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems during pregnancy. They affect around 10 to 15 in every 100 pregnant women and the severity can vary.

“A growing number of women have been referred to specialist perinatal mental health services during Covid-19.

“Hub site teams are reporting up to a 60% increase in the number of patients seen through the National Surveillance Implementation Group.”

Dr. Wrigley explained how important it is to have the correct treatment for these issues after pregnancy.

Covid-19 has wreaked havoc across the nation over the past three years and some women have reconsidered their birth options. This made it possible to favor accessible online sources for quick information rather than consultation with a trained professional.

Cathy O’Sullivan, recently retired director of the Center for Midwifery Education at CUH, said they “put women at the heart of everything we do” and even since embracing social media for advice She said the team will always show “commitment, care and dedication to the women and babies” they support in every way and in every setting.

Parents are asked to followhigh-quality, research-based information from a trusted source”such as the HSE, if they need access to their information outside of appointment times.

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