Development and implementation of a clinical care pathway for perinatal mental health in Belgium (PMH-project)

Mental problems during the perinatal period are associated with a range of negative consequences such as preterm birth, mother-infant interactional deficits and negative infant developmental outcome. Research indicates that perinatal mental health problems are highly prevalent (20%). In Flanders however, a large majority is currently not being detected nor getting the appropriate treatment.
To address this shortage this project developed a care pathway, including a risk taxation instrument, a screening tool, a clinical guideline, a step-by-step implementation guideline and a training pack. We are currently supporting other hospitals and organisations spread over Flanders, to implement the care pathway perinatal mental health. 


Funding agencies

Vlaams Ministerie van Welzijn, Volksgezondheid en Gezin


Mevr. Rita Van Damme, Prof Kristien Roelens, Prof Gilbert Lemmens, Dr. An-Sofie Van Parys,


Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent Mother Baby Unit KARUS Mother Baby Unit Zoersel Universitair Ziekenhuis Leuven


January 01, 2016 - December 31, 2022

Project status

Project closed

Team members

Ms. An-Sofie Van Parys




Mother and child health
Clinical care
Perinatal Mental Health
Screening and detection