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The importance of looking after the mental health of parents during pregnancy and after childbirth, in order to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of both parents and child, is highlighted by researchers in a new series of articles in The Lancet.

The articles were edited by Professor Alan Stein of Oxford University and Louise Howard of King's College London, and discuss the range of mental health disorders that can occur during pregnancy and after childbirth. The papers cover how often they occur; their causes; the risks to mother and baby; treatments that are effective; and how we can prevent these disorders. The authors also draw attention to gaps in our knowledge and where more research is urgently required.

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