Date of Submission
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak places perinatal women at higher risk of developing anxiety and depression. Uncertainty, fear, and confusion in medical, social, economic, occupational and political aspects of life in the US add to existing stressors that perinatal women experience. To optimize the quality of perinatal care during the pandemic, appropriate mental health interventions must be implemented to prevent and alleviate perinatal anxiety and depression and improve maternal and infant outcomes. Measures include increased screening, non-pharmacologic and/or pharmacologic interventions and the use of telehealth for care delivery.
Keywords: perinatal anxiety, perinatal depression, COVID-19, SARS CoV-2, maternal mental health
Chen, Helen XUMIN; Selix, Nancy; and Nosek, Marcianna, "Perinatal Anxiety and Depression during the COVID 19 Pandemic" (2020). DNP Qualifying Manuscripts. 59.
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