Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Ariadna Forray, MD


Perinatal mental health refers to a woman’s mental health during pregnancy and after delivery. The development of poor perinatal mental health characterized by anxiety and depression is influenced by various factors and can result in poor birth outcomes. However, it is unclear how the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to perinatal mental health risk factors. In this prospective cohort study, we aim to identify how isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic contributes to levels of depression in perinatal women. Using surveys and validated scales, pregnant women followed from the first trimester to six months postpartum will be evaluated on their perceived social isolation and subsequent development of depressive mood. Insights on the role of coronavirus-associated isolation in development of depression may help guide clinical practice on use of screening tools, and development of targeted interventions to address changing needs of perinatal women during periods of social disconnectedness.