Maternal Mental Health
Poorly managed mental health problems can have serious consequences for the mother, her infant and to her family members.
Maternal mental health problems affect at least 1 in 5 women, with 3-4% of women experiencing a serious psychiatric disorder, the single greatest indirect cause for UK maternal deaths in the perinatal period.
Examples of these illnesses include antenatal and postnatal depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and postpartum psychosis.
NHS England Short Film
Take a look at this short film produced by NHS England discussing perinatal mental health.
Maternal Mental Health Service Programme
Fantastic resources are available on the website - Ways to Wellness
You can read the article and access the downloads at the bottom of the page linked here.
Maternal Mental Health Positivity Videos
Perinatal Positivity uses the real voices and experiences of women and men who have had mental wellbeing difficulties around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. To find out more visit perinatalpositivity.org
Maternal Mental Health – Key Priority
Maternal mental health is a key Government priority. By 2020/21, NHS England should support at least 30,000 more women each year to access evidence-based specialist mental health care during the perinatal period.
This should include access to psychological therapies and the right range of specialist community or inpatient care so that comprehensive, high-quality services are in place across England.