Mental Health


Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in a Pandemic: Women’s Mental Health and Wellbeing During COVID-19 is a research report from Women's Health East. It outlines local women’s lived experience of being a new parent against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of this on their mental health and wellbeing.

Women from the Eastern Region of Melbourne spoke about their experiences of parenting a new baby during the Victorian lockdown. Their stories provide insight into unique experiences of new mother’s during COVID-19, and guide key recommendations on how to better support new parents to sustain and strengthen mental health outcomes for women.

The report recommendations aim to address the challenges experienced by women who parented during the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular focus on their mental health and wellbeing. It is important to note that the recommendations are a valuable learning not only in the continuing pandemic, but in the general provision of perinatal and maternity care.

Report: Parenting in a Pandemic