Suicide and maternal mortality

Purpose of Review
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the perinatal period (pregnancy and 1 year postpartum). We review recent findings on prevalence, risk factors, outcomes, and prevention and intervention for suicide during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. Recent Findings
Standardization of definitions and ascertainment of maternal deaths have improved identification[…]

Do maternal depression and self-esteem moderate and mediate the association between intimate partner violence after childbirth and postpartum suicidal ideation?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) during the perinatal period is believed to have an adverse effect on maternal mental health. Given the risks of suicide and related public health concerns, the aim of this study is to examine (1) the association of experiencing physical, psychological, and sexual IPV after childbirth on postpartum suicidal ideation (SI), and[…]

Mental health and maternal mortality: When new life doesn’t bring joy

: To characterize the incidence and risk factors associated with maternal suicide during the peripartum period in an Alberta population. Our secondary objective was to characterize the incidence and risk factors associated with traumatic death in this same population.
: This is a retrospective cohort study compared all-cause mortality with[…]

Predictors and outcomes of suicidal ideation during peripartum period

Suicide belongs to the leading causes of maternal perinatal mortality and suicidal ideation is one of the strongest predictors for suicide attempt and completion and thus represents an opportunity for early intervention prior to self and infant harm. This post-hoc analysis aims to investigate predictors of peripartum suicidality (PS) and potential maternal and[…]

Is parity status associated with bipolar disorder clinical features, severity of evolution?

To assess prospectively the association of the number of past pregnancies on the evolution of bipolar disorder (BD).
Data were drawn from the 2 waves of the National Epidemiologic Study of Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), a representative sample of the US population of 34,653 participants. All women diagnosed with[…]

Sad dads: Paternal postpartum depression.

The postpartum period is associated with many adjustments to fathers that pose risks for depression. Estimates of the prevalence of paternal postpartum depression (PPD) in the first two months postpartum vary in the postpartum period from 4 to 25 percent. Paternal PPD has high comorbidity with maternal PPD and might also be associated with other[…]

Suicides during pregnancy and 1 year postpartum in Sweden, 1980-2007.

Although the incidence of suicide among women who have given birth during the past 12 months is lower than that of
women who have not given birth, suicide remains one of the most common causes of death during the year following
delivery in high-income countries, such as Sweden.
The maternal suicide ratio[…]

Bipolar disorder, affective psychosis, and schizophrenia in pregnancy and the post-partum period.

The perinatal period is associated with an increased risk of severe mental disorders. We summarise the evidence regarding the epidemiology, risk factors, and treatment of severe mental illness in relation to childbirth, focusing on bipolar disorder, affective psychosis, and schizophrenia. We discuss women with ongoing chronic conditions and those with the onset of new episodes[…]

Explaining risk for suicidal ideation in adolescent offspring of mothers with depression.


Coping and Suicidal Ideations in Women With Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

This exploratory descriptive study used secondary data from a study of women who experienced symptoms of postpartum depression to examine the relationship between coping mechanisms & suicide ideation. Convenience & purposive sampling were used to obtain a community sample of 40 women in Alberta & New Brunswick. Binary logistic regression was employed. Approximately 27% of[…]