Definition OF PMH

"The terms perinatal and maternal are often used interchangeably. But to avoid any confusion, we use the term perinatal when describing the mental illnesses that this campaign focuses on. Peri is the Latin for “around”, and natal is the Latin for “birth”. So perinatal mental illness refers to mental illness during pregnancy and one year after birth." - Maternal Mental Health | Everyone's Business


What is Perinatal Mental Health?

Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. This might be a new mental health problem or another episode of a mental health problem you've experienced before. These are known as perinatal mental health problems.

PMH Cymru work closely with the charity Mind, below is a some more information about some of the health problems Perinatal Mental Health may include:

Perinatal Depression (Antenatal & Postnatal)

Perinatal Anxiety (Antenatal & Postnatal)

Perinatal OCD

Postpartum Psychosis (is rare and only affects 2 in 1,000 births)

PTSD and Birth Trauma

Mental health

No one is immune from mental illness. It can happen to anyone, Mental-illness does not care for sex, race or religion, age or location. It is said that one in four people in the world will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives.

Parents suffering with mental health difficulties may, at times feel isolated and alone. Parents with a long term mental illness may find it difficult to form friendships or find people who feel similar.

We aim to support those parents.

Mental illness can come in many forms, some of these include:


Anxiety and Panic

Bipolar Disorder

Eating Disorders

Addiction and Dependancy

Please feel free to Contact PMH Cymru should you require any further information on Perinatal or any other form of Mental Health illness, alternatively please see our collection of external Mental Health Organisations below.