Running head: GRAND PROPOSAL 1


Section 1: Introduction

HA620-101 – Research Methods in Health Care


Mental health issues are classified as the leading health issue for perinatal women. Mental health issues affect one in every five women during their perinatal period, the first year of postpartum, and during pregnancy. It affects at least 800,000 women of the 4 million women who give birth each year in the United States (Agnafors et al, 2019). When left untreated, the illness can have long-term negative effects on the child, parents, family, and society. Fortunately, most maternal mental health issues are temporary and treatable. In recent years, perinatal mental health has been a major area of concern, with investments in new specialized mental health facilities in several high-income nations and inpatient psychiatric mother and infant units in various settings. The paper will focus on community-level perinatal mental health challenges.

Perinatal psychological problems are among the most prevalent pregnancy-related morbidities. They play a significant role in maternal morbidity and mortality and unfavorable neonatal, baby, and child outcomes. Community-level research on prenatal mental disorders impacting women is limited. With most research focusing on maternal mental health and theories of postpartum depression as a topic, community-level maternal mental health issues have been neglected. Little is known about the complete spectrum of perinatal mental problems, how to enhance treatment availability for women with psychosocial challenges, and the efficacy of various service delivery strategies.

Abdollahi, Lye & Zarghami (2016) note that healthcare providers need to help women make informed choices regarding treatment for their maternal mental health issues based on postpartum theories such as biological, psychosocial, and evolutionary theories. Howard & Khalifeh (2020) analyzed the issue of perinatal mental health, noting a need for psychiatric services to be included in preconception care and additional investments into public health interventions. The paper will build on this concept, focusing on how the aspect of mental health within community levels and how perinatal women can benefit from it. ( what is the proposal project?)

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Abdollahi, F., Lye, M. S., & Zarghami, M. (2016). Perspective of Postpartum Depression Theories: A Narrative Literature Review. North American journal of medical sciences, 8(6), 232–236.

Agnafors, S., Bladh, M., Svedin, C. G., & Sydsjö, G. (2019). Mental health in young mothers, single mothers and their children. BMC Psychiatry 19, 112 (2019).

Howard, L. M., & Khalifeh, H. (2020). Perinatal mental health: a review of progress and challenges. World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), 19(3), 313–327.

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