Perinatal Mental Health & Early Development

The Perinatal Mental Health research projects are coordinated by Prof Matthias Schwannauer and Dr Angus Macbeth and involve a wide range of partner institutions.

Further resources

Local mental health and perinatal services in Edinburgh:


Juno Perinatal Mental Health Support

Helping mums with perinatal mental health difficulties realise that they are not alone in how they feel and what they feel is indeed a very real illness.

Perinatal Services (Crossreach)

Provides support for families where a mother or father is experiencing distress, depression or anxiety during the perinatal period. A wide range of services are offered to mothers and fathers, with creche facilities.

Phone: 0131-538-7288

Health in Mind

Promote positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland.


Pregnant women and families with major mental health difficulties are at increased risk of further mental health and health difficulties, in association with pregnancy and delivery. We seek to improve understanding of the mechanisms of risk and vulnerability in the perinatal period, find out more about our series of projects relating to perinatal mental health:

By analysing routinely collected Scottish maternity care and mental health data we have explored pregnancy outcomes for women with an existing diagnosis of a non-affective psychosis, including schizophrenia.

The WARM study follows infants of mothers with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and control from pregnancy to the end of their first year.

In this ESRC-funded project, we are collaborating with partners in health, social work, education and the voluntary sector to identify how we can use our understanding of perinatal mental health and early infant development to inform policy and society.

The World Health Organization has identified mental health as a key development issue for Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC).