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date: 04 July 2020

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Maternity presents major adaptive challenges for women. It is common for pregnant women and women who have recently given birth to access nonprofessional resources, including those developed by interested individuals, members of community groups, or peer-support initiatives, to understand their emotional experiences and needs. This chapter investigates the nature and content of nonprofessional resources, defined as those developed by people without health-related qualifications, for pregnant and postpartum women experiencing emotional distress or mental health problems and the evidence about them generated in systematic evaluations. Although nonprofessional resources provide information and support in privacy and anonymity without fees and therefore are potentially more accessible than professional care, many are limited to personal narratives and do not refer to scientific evidence, and few have been formally evaluated. Overall, the highest quality nonprofessional resources and approaches are those generated in collaborations between consumers and professionals and for which some evaluation of acceptability, comprehensibility, and effectiveness is available.

Keywords: Pregnancy, postpartum, women, nonprofessional resources, peer-support, mental health

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