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Perinatal anxiety

Perinatal anxiety is very common.  In a recent Australian study, one-fifth of women assessed during late pregnancy and reviewed at 2, 4 and 6–8 months after the birth had an anxiety disorder (approximately two-thirds with co-occurring depression) and almost 40% of women with a major depressive episode had a co-occurring… Read More

Management of perinatal depression

Support and early intervention for women experiencing distress or depressive symptoms may help to prevent more serious mental health problems from developing. Depending on the severity of a woman’s symptoms, management may involve a combination of psychosocial support, psychological therapy and pharmacological treatment. Appropriate responses to assessments and clinical judgement… Read More

Perinatal mental health disorders

The incidence of mental health disorders significantly increases for women in the perinatal period. Derived from the National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline developed by COPE, the following sections provide information on common signs and symptoms, assessment, management and important considerations for the following disorders: Perinatal anxietyPerinatal depression… Read More

Best practice in perinatal care

A key focus of COPE is to support and advise health professionals on best practice surrounding the prevention, detection, treatment and management of perinatal mental health disorders in the perinatal period. All advice on this site is based on high quality research and/or clinical advice from leading perinatal mental health… Read More

Managing bipolar disorder in the postnatal period

In most cases, the management of an acute episode of bipolar disorder in the postnatal period will require that women go to hospital, usually a psychiatric hospital to allow time for treatment to be provided in a setting where she and the baby are safe, and she can be monitored… Read More

Treatment of antenatal depression

If you are experiencing mild to moderate depression during pregnancy, emotional and practical help and support can be helpful to help you manage from day to day, whilst psychological treatment can be helpful for the treatment of antenatal depression. Psychological treatment There are two specific types of psychological… Read More

Board of Directors

Board of Directors The COPE Board has been constructed to reflect the range of expertise required to implement COPE strategic objectives and is comprised of the following Directors: Chairman – Mr Glen Watts As former Managing Director of Kimberly Clarke, Glen brings a wealth of corporate knowledge and… Read More

Corporate objectives

The goals of COPE are represented through our six corporate, strategic objectives. 1. Support and advise  Through working with Governments and services to support the implementation of policy and practice in perinatal mental health. 2. Support best practice Through the development and dissemination of the National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline and free… Read More

Our purpose

At COPE, our purpose is to prevent the incidence and minimise the impact of emotional and mental health problems that occur in the perinatal period, and to improve the quality of life of those living with these conditions.  We achieve this through our mission, vision and strategic goals. Read More


Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to reducing the impacts of emotional and mental health problems in the pre and postnatal periods. Our history and foundations are underpinned by extensive research and best practice.  Building upon this, COPE provides a national, … Read More