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New study aims to capture the experiences of new mums

We are working to better understand the impact of different life experiences on maternal physical and mental wellbeing during the perinatal period.

The perinatal period is from conception to when the baby is one year old.

This time point can be one of the most exciting and rewarding times for a family to experience. We know however that this isn’t always the case.

We aim to explore factors that might complicate this time so that appropriate preventions and treatments can be put in place.

By supporting mums and their families affected by mental health difficulties during the perinatal period we can improve outcomes for children and ensure that babies are given the best start in life.

a white blonde lady stood close to the camera giving her baby a kiss on the head

The Maternal Wellbeing, Mental Health, and Life Experiences survey was launched at the beginning of April. It is now open to anyone who is currently pregnant or has given birth within the last 12 months.

The survey looks at a number of factors surrounding pregnancy. Physical and mental wellbeing are considered alongside a range of different life experiences that you may or may not have been through.

The survey also addresses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes to perinatal services.

We know that being pregnant and raising young children during the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for new parents.

Attending antenatal appointments alone or with limited support from a loved one, being unable to introduce your new baby to family members and friends, and being isolated at home with limited practical and emotional support has had a negative impact on women’s emotional and physical wellbeing.

A mother and father smiling at their new baby who is lying in front of them

We want to better understand women’s experiences during this challenging time in order to inform policymakers and health and social care providers about the changes that need to be put in place.

Please help us with our research by answering the surveys and sharing them with anyone else who may be able to contribute to this important research.

Take part today

Taking part involves answering some questions about your wellbeing, current or recent pregnancy, mental health, your life experiences, and thoughts and feelings related to COVID-19. It takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.

Take part online today.


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Alistair Souch

Ali Souch is a research student at Cardiff University looking at how mental health disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Personality Disorders, have an effect during the perinatal period.

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