Women’s experiences of care and treatment preferences for perinatal depression: a systematic review



Westgate V, Manchanda T & Maxwell M (2023) Women’s experiences of care and treatment preferences for perinatal depression: a systematic review. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 26 (3), pp. 311-319.

Understanding women’s experiences of care, and treatment preferences, is vital for delivering acceptable and useful services to women with perinatal depression. This systematic review synthesises evidence on care and treatment preferences of women with perinatal depression. This qualitative evidence synthesis uses systematic review methodology. Medline, PsychINFO, CINAHL and EMBASE were searched from January 2011 to October 2021. Search terms fell into five categories: depression, the perinatal period, treatment preferences, experiences of care and qualitative research. Study quality was assessed and thematic analysis was used to synthesise fndings. Thirteen papers met the inclusion criteria. Quality of included papers was of moderate to high quality. Five key themes were identifed: women prioritise family needs; perinatal-specifc care; when care falls short; professional empathy; and tailored care. Clinicians need to enable mothers to prioritise their own well-being. Service providers should ensure that treatment is tailored to the specifcs of the perinatal period, providing specialist advice around medication, and therapy that fts with the demands of caring for a new baby.

Psychiatry and Mental health; Obstetrics and Gynecology

Archives of Women's Mental Health: Volume 26, Issue 3

Publication date online05/05/2023
Date accepted by journal11/04/2023
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC

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Professor Margaret Maxwell

Professor Margaret Maxwell

Professor, NMAHP