Perinatal social support: panacea or a pitfall

Patricia Leahy-Warren, James Newham, Fiona Alderdice

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Social support is frequently proposed as the panacea for all concerns regarding maternal and child health. The World Health Organisation (World health organisation, 2018) and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2018) recommends that expectant mothers are supported throughout the perinatal period and that they not only receive medical support but also psychological and emotional support. However, there is lack of consensus on the conceptualisation and definition of social support (Leahy-Warren, 2014, 2016), which leads to health care professionals, such as midwives, at a loss as to their required contribution to maternal and child health and well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-221
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2018
Externally publishedYes


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