Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) has developed a policy brief on the issue of Women’s Perinatal Mental Health.
This policy brief outlines the key issues pertaining to migrant and refugee women’s perinatal mental health and wellbeing, as well as considerations for perinatal mental health policy, programs and service delivery. The issues outlined in this brief have been obtained from a variety of sources, including a comprehensive literature review of current research on migrant and refugee women’s mental health.
This Policy Brief focuses specifically on migrant and refugee women’s perinatal mental health. As with all health issues, MCWH applies an intersectional lens to understanding and analysing perinatal mental health. This lens goes beyond explanations that use single categories such as gender or ethnicity to describe issues. Instead, it recognises that individuals are shaped by many factors and that women’s experiences of inequity are influenced by specific social, economic and political contexts, systems and structures.