Maternal mental health strategy

Last Updated: December 20, 2012

Nazeem Muhajarine, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator)

The project studied mental health in expecting and new mothers, with 649 interviewed during early pregnancy, later pregnancy and after birth. SPHERU, working with Co-Principal Investigator Angela Bowen of the University of Saskatchewan, determined that as many as one in five mothers in Saskatchewan suffer depression during or after pregnancy, which leads to personal, social, and economic costs for mothers and society as a whole.

Goals / Outcomes: A social marketing campaign targeted at pregnant and postpartum women and health professionals who work with them, to increase awareness and identification of antenatal and postpartum (maternal) depression. As well, MotherFirst, a policy working group, has been established. It released a provincial Maternal Mental Health strategy and was a finalist for the Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Awards in March 2011.

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant