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Maternal mental health should be routinely assessed in paediatric settings where the presenting problem is the infant.
The emergency department (ED) setting is an opportune place for the identification of postnatal depression (PND) and referral for support.
Study findings should be replicated in other ED settings, with more socioeconomically diverse samples and confirmed through the use of diagnostic interviews.
PND is a common mental health problem with community prevalence estimates internationally ranging between 8% and 20%.1 A large body of research demonstrates ongoing adverse impacts on the mother, her family and …
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