Psychological therapies offer a potential way forward for treating depression for women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth.

This bulletin is based on searches of PubMed, Psychinfo and NHS Evidence from 2000 onwards in relation to counselling and psychological therapies for depression in and around pregnancy. Searches were conducted in April 2012 and updated in December 2012.

The evidence from the studies is summarised in evidence tables, which give a brief overview of each study and are arranged in a hierarchy of evidence (systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials then other empirical studies). More information can be found by locating and reading the full journal articles.

The articles selected for inclusion are primarily those which are higher up the evidence hierarchy, have been published since 2005 and are applicable to the UK.