Perinatal Positivity Film – Raising awareness of perinatal mental health
A short film has been released that shares families experiences of perinatal mental health. The film was produced following research into families experiences, interviewing people in-depth and involved close work with health care professionals.
The project hopes by sharing stories people will be more aware of perinatal mental health, talk about it and be more able to find help. Highlighting that mental wellbeing difficulties surrounding childbirth and pregnancy can affect both mums and dad.
The website – perinatalpositivity.org – has resources for professionals as well as people experiencing mental wellbeing issues. The video can be viewed below.
Maternal mortality after cesarean section in the Netherlands – Study
A study conducted in the Netherlands has sought to examine the incidence of maternal mortality related to cesarean section. Medical records of cases reported to the Dutch Maternal Mortality and Severe Morbidity Audit Committee were assessed covering the period between January 1999 and December 2013.
The results found the risk of death cesarean section was 21.9 per 100.000 cesarean sections versus 3.8 deaths per 100.000 vaginal births. With the study concluding:
‘Compared to vaginal birth, maternal mortality after cesarean section was three times higher following exclusion of deaths that had no association with surgery. In approximately one in ten deaths after cesarean section, surgery did in fact initiate the chain of morbid events.’
The full study can be viewed here.