Does non-pharmacological therapy for antenatal depression reduce risks for the infant? Academic Article uri icon


  • Depression during pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes for the infant such as preterm birth. These risks are not reduced with pharmacological treatment, but the effect of non-pharmacological therapies is unknown. We performed a systematic review to assess the risk of adverse perinatal outcomes in non-pharmacologically treated depressed women compared to non-depressed women. We found no studies that met our inclusion criteria, highlighting a critical need for research on this topic.


  • Jarde, A
  • Morais, M
  • Kingston, D
  • Giallo, R
  • Giglia, L
  • MacQueen, G
  • Wang, Y
  • Beyene, J
  • McDonald, SD

publication date

  • 2016