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Maternal mortality and psychiatric morbidity in the perinatal period

Phillip M Boyce and Jodi Barton
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (8): 474-476.
Published online: 15 October 2007

To the Editor: Austin et al1 bring to our attention findings from the report on maternal deaths in Australia in which 26 suicides were reported, making it one of the leading causes of indirect maternal deaths in the perinatal period — a finding consistent with the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths report from the United Kingdom.2 These reports raise the issue of the importance and risk of maternal mental illness in the perinatal period.

  • Phillip M Boyce
  • Jodi Barton

  • Department of Psychiatry, Westmead Hospital, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: pboyce@mail.usyd.edu.au

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