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WENDY: Well-being in pregnancy in an inner city maternity service


WENDY investigates the best ways of identifying disorders and treating depression in pregnant women seeing midwives. We will compare how well the two questions currently used by midwives to assess depression during antenatal booking appointment really do identify depression by comparing them with more detailed assessment methods. We will measure the frequency in pregnancy of depression and other disorders such as anxiety and eating disorders. Women found to have depression will be invited to participate in the DAWN trial

Study progress

545 women have been recruited into the study soon after their antenatal booking appointment with their midwives. We are also conducting a nested cohort study where women are followed-up at 28 weeks pregnancy and 3 months after the birth of their baby to ask about their mental health symptoms and services they have used (NHS, social, local authority and voluntary sector services). 

Who is involved?

Professor Louise M. Howard (Chief Investigator), Professor in Women’s Mental Health and Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Professor Sarah Byford; Professor Diana Rose.

Other investigators include:; Professor Debra Bick, KCL; Professor Myra Hunter, Institute of Psychiatry; Professor Jeannette Milgrom, University of Melbourne, Professor Nicky Stanley, University of Central Lancashire. For more information contact 


The ESMI programme is funded by the National Institute for Health Research's Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme.

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