Mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child affects up to 20% of new and expectant mums and covers a wide range of conditions. If left untreated, mental health issues can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman, the child, and the wider family.
Pregnant women and those with new-born babies may be particularly vulnerable in the COVID-19 pandemic. The experience of being pregnant, giving birth and looking after a newborn baby during this time could bring anxiety and distress. On the other hand there may be certain aspects of the pandemic that are helpful or supportive to the mental health of expectant and new mothers such as a partner spending more time at home.
The survey ‘Moms during COVID’ aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on pregnant women and new mothers with the goal of helping mothers going forward in the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics.
This survey which will be run in 11 countries is part of an international project for the study of impact of COVID-19 in Perinatal Mental Health (RiseupPPD-COVID-19) and is carried out with the collaboration of perinatal mental health experts from all the participating countries. The project arises from a European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) pan-European Network in Peripartum Depression Disorder called Riseup-PPD.
Women over the age of 18 who are pregnant or a mother of a child 6 months old or younger can participate. They must live in Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Turkey or the United Kingdom.
The findings from this study have the potential to inform interventions to support this group of women and their families during the current pandemic and beyond. The datasets will be available on reasonable request. The results will be published as peer-reviewed manuscripts and presented at national and international meetings.
Thomason, M.E., Graham, A., VanTieghem, M.R. (2020). The COPE-IS: Coronavirus Perinatal Experiences - Impact Survey. Available on the Open Science Framework (OSF) at https://osf.io/uqhcv/
Thomason, M.E., Graham, A., Smyser, C.D., Rogers, C.E. (2020). The COPE-IU: Coronavirus Perinatal Experiences – Impact Update. Available on the Open Science Framework (OSF) at https://osf.io/uqhcv/
Name Country Institution
Erilda Ajaz Albania Beder College University, Tirana.
Vera Matheus Brazil Mackenzie Presbyterian University
Ana Osorio Brazil Mackenzie Presbyterian University
Camelia Hancheva Bulgaria University of Sofia
Andri Christoforou Cyprus Europan University Cyprus
Gisèle Apter France Groupe Hospitalier du Havre, Université de Rouen Normandie.
Eleni Vousoura Greece University of Athens
Rena Bina Israel The Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work
Felice Ethel Malta University of Malta
Rachel Buhagiar Malta Mount Carmel Hospital, Attard
Mariana Vaz Pires Marques Portugal Coimbra University Hospital - CHUC
Ana Mesquita (leader) Portugal Uniersity of Minho
Berta R. Maia Portugal Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Raquel Costa Portugal Universidade Europeia, Lisboa
Vladimir Knezevic Serbia Head of the Psychiatric Clinic. University of Novi Sad.
Sara Dominguez Salas Spain Universidad Loyola Andalucia, Seville
Diego Gómez-Baya Spain Universidad de Huelva
Patricia Moreno-Peral Spain Universidad de Malaga
Sonia Conejo-Cerón Spain IBIMA, Malaga
Emma Motrico (leader) Spain Universidad Loyola Andalucia, Seville
María Fe Rodriguez Spain UNED, Madrid
Pelin Dikmen-Yoldiz Turkey Kirklareli University in Turkey