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Terms & Definitions

Prenatal or Antenatal or Prepartum: Occurring pregnancy or before birth. 

Perinatal: Pertaining to the period immediately before and after birth. Generally it starts at the 20th week of gestation and ends 4 weeks after birth.

Postnatal or Postpartum: Pertaining to events occurring after birth, usually within 1 year of childbirth

Irish Facts & Figures for 2012

» It is now estimated that 1 in 5 of people in Ireland will suffer depression at some point in their lifetime.  Depression is a very common illness which affects more than 450,000 people in Ireland at any given time irrespective of age, gender or background.

» 7,000 mothers battle with depression throughout their pregnancy or Antenatal Depression in Ireland every year and these are only the mothers who are diagnosed.

» 90% of women will experience the “baby blues” or ”postpartum blues” after giving birth.

» Postnatal depression affects about 12,000 mothers each year in Ireland.

» More than one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage which is around 14,000 women or 20% of pregnancies in Ireland each year.

» The risk of miscarriage at age 25-29 years is 10% while the risk at age 40-44 is 34%

» Ectopic pregnancy is a life threatening condition that affects 1 in 80 pregnancies in Ireland.

» In Ireland, around 360 stillbirths are registered every year.

» Sadly 1 in every 500 babies will not live past their first 28 days of life.

» 7,000 mothers suffer from PTSD each year in Ireland.

» Postpartum psychosis affects approximately one in every 1,000 women in Ireland

» 1 in 6 Irish couples will have difficulty conceiving on their own and will have to seek help and advice.

» Statistically, one-third of infertility problems are related to women, one-third of infertility problems are related to men and the remaining one-third is a combination of fertility factors involving both partners or unknown causes. Unknown causes account for approximately twenty percent of infertility cases.

» Approximately 85% to 90% of infertility cases are treated with conventional therapies such as drug treatment or surgical repair of reproductive organs.  Assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) account for the remaining infertility treatment options.

General Mental Health Statistics – The National Register of Deliberate Self-Harm, for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2012, the Registry recorded 12,010 deliberate self-harm presentations to hospital that were made by 9,483 individuals.  525 deaths by suicide were recorded for Ireland in 2012, this figure does not include the coroner’s open verdicts so experts do say this figure is higher.

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