The perinatal period: A literature review from the biopsychosocial perspective

Melissa Buultjens, Gregory Murphy, Priscilla Robinson, Jeannette Milgrom


This review paper presents research findings relating to physical, biological, social and psychological factors as they influence maternal and child health across the perinatal period. Taking a public health perspective, the paper also identifies best opportunities for service development to improve population health. Important gaps in our research knowledge about optimal maternal and child health are identified. The review concludes by highlighting the area of social support as a highly recommended priority for service development within maternal and child health.


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Clinical Nursing Studies
ISSN 2324-7940(Print)   ISSN 2324-7959(Online)

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