Psychosocial risks during pregnancy: The impact of screening and early referral on child outcomes
Dr Jacqui Beall
The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from pregnancy to their 2nd birthday, are crucial for development. It forms the foundation for lifelong health and functioning yet is also the time when children are most vulnerable. At Flinders Medical Centre we identify pregnant women who are facing difficulties which may pose risks to their baby, and aim to link them to services which can help even before their baby is born. But does this make a difference? In the first stage of a large cohort study we will look at how psychosocial risks identified during pregnancy impact on babies’ health and safety.