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South Asian and black women’s perinatal mental health care services require careful work with families, translators and peer supporters to reduce stigma and ensure confidentiality
  1. Caroline Davenport,
  2. Lesley Smith
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Caroline Davenport, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK; c.j.davenport{at}

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Commentary on: Bains K, Bicknell S, Jovanović N, Conneely M, McCabe R, Copello A, Fletcher-Rogers J, Priebe S, Janković J. Healthcare professionals’ views on the accessibility and acceptability of perinatal mental health services for South Asian and Black women: a qualitative study. BMC Med. 2023 Oct 2;21(1):370. doi: 10.1186/s12916-023-02978-5.

Implications for practice and research

  • Improving access for South Asian and black women requires work with communities to challenge mental health stigma and improve confidentiality among translators.

  • Research is required into the role of the peer support worker, and how they will affect women’s access to and experience of perinatal mental health services.


The context of Bains et al’s study is centred around the inequalities currently experienced by ethnic minority mothers when accessing perinatal mental health services in the UK.1 They are less likely to access community mental health services perinatally and are more likely …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.