Having a baby is the time in a woman's life when she is most likely to develop emotional and mental health problems. Up to one in ten women experience depression in pregnancy and this increases to one in seven after having a baby. Rates of anxiety are even higher. These conditions are serious. Postnatal depression is the leading cause of maternal death (through suicide) and disability. These impacts are compounded by high expectations and stigma. COPE research shows that currently 74% of women seeking with postnatal depression or anxiety do not seek help - until they reach the point that they can no longer cope.
COPE is dedicated to reducing these debilitating impacts. At each stage of the journey to becoming a parent - from conception, through pregnancy, birth and the first year, COPE supports women, men and families by ensuring that they have access to the latest, high quality information and support. Through our extensive website, resources, research and innovative screening approaches, COPE informs and empowers women and families at this vulnerable time, whilst also ensuring that health professionals have access to the latest high quality research, training and information.