1 in 10 new mothers experience mental illness during pregnancy or in the first year of their baby’s life [NSPCC].
6 women died in London [2012-13] due to perinatal mental health problems.
Many healthcare professionals working with pregnant women have identified they would benefit from increased clinical confidence in this area.
To engage women of childbearing age with health services, thereby facilitating informed and planned reproductive choices as well as enabling early access to perinatal mental health services when needed.
We will ensure healthcare professionals become aware of the specific needs of pregnant women with preexisting mental health conditions and those conditions that may present during pregnancy, and understand their role in optimising outcomes for the woman and her baby.
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