Anxiety during pregnancy or postnatal period

Research by The study is being conducted by Dr Fiona Challacombe at King’s College London and the Maudsley Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT).


A survey of women’s experiences of anxiety diagnosis and treatment.

Perinatal anxiety is very common, but appears to be under-recognised. There is currently very little information about the identification and treatment of perinatal anxiety (anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the baby is born). We are conducting a survey to find out about women’s experiences of anxiety diagnosis and treatment during pregnancy and the postnatal period in order to identify helpful practice and also areas which might be improved.

Anyone who has experienced significant perinatal anxiety in the last ten years is eligible to take part.
It does not matter if your anxiety was about the baby or something else, or if your experiences were positive or not. We are simply interested in understanding the experiences of a large group of women. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

What would taking part involve?
If you decide to take part we will email or post you the survey to complete in your own time and return to us. It should take up to an hour, depending on your answers.

How do I take part in this research project?
If you are interested in taking part in this project, and to find out more information, please contact Heather Havlin:

By email:


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Ethical Approval Reference: This study has been approved by a group of independent people (Ethics Committee) to protect your rights, dignity, well-being and safety. This study has been approved by the King’s Ethical Committee ref: PNM/14/15-68. Your participation is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason for doing so.

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