Mental wellbeing

We investigate how maternal psychological wellbeing is associated with circulating maternal and newborn biomarkers during pregnancy and after delivery. We also aim to determine how maternal mental wellbeing during pregnancy affects child health and wellbeing in a long-term follow-up. Our multidisciplinary approach allows gaining a wider perspective on how maternal mental wellbeing modulates physiological responses in the mother and the newborn. We hope that further understanding of these mechanisms will help to facilitate children’s health in the future.

Group leader:
Soili Marianne Lehto, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Specialist in Psychiatry
Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland
Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki

Selected publications:

  • Lehto SM, Elomaa A-P, Niskanen L, Herzig K-H, Tolmunen T, Viinamäki H, Koivumaa-Honkanen H, Huotari A, Honkalampi K, Valkonen-Korhonen M, Sinikallio S, Ruotsalainen H, Hintikka J. Serum adipokine levels in adults with a history of childhood maltreatment. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 2012;37:217-221.
  • Elomaa A-P, Uimonen K, Niskanen L, Koivumaa-Honkanen H, Honkalampi K, Valkonen-Korhonen M, Herzig K-H, Viinamäki H, Lehto SM. Lowered serum PAI-1 levels in adults with a history of alcohol abuse in the childhood home. Psychiatria Fennica 2012;43:9-22
  • Räisänen S, Lehto SM, Svarre Nielsen H, Gissler M, Kramer MR, Heinonen S. Fear of childbirth predicts postpartum depression – a population-based analysis of 511,422 singleton births in Finland. BMJ Open 2013;3:e004047.
  • Räisänen S, Lehto SM, Svarre Nielsen H, Gissler M, Kramer MR, Heinonen S. Fear of childbirth in nulliparous and multiparous women – a population-based analysis of all singleton births in Finland in 1997 – 2010. BJOG, in press.