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The issue of maternal mental health has generally remained unaddressed by public and private healthcare providers. In the light of the events triggered by COVID-19 pandemic, maternal mental health got further neglected. This paper recommends that in a crisis situation similar to the present pandemic, it is necessary for health facilities to pay attention to pregnant and recently delivered women for possible symptoms of depression. Detecting and treating depression at its onset could prevent detrimental long-term effects on maternal and infant health. Local healthcare providers should be trained to identify unwanted pregnancies and make available abortion facilities that are legal and safe, which could also reduce the burden of depression and unwanted pregnancies. This is a useful resource for program implementers. Click here to read the paper.