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Report: Spotlight on perinatal mental health

Latest report shows mothers and babies are missing out on vital support

New research, forming part of our All Babies Count campaign, shows there are worrying gaps in the availability of services that focus on a mother's mental health.

'All Babies Count: Spotlight on perinatal mental health', highlights that the wellbeing of more than one in 10 newborn* babies in England could be improved if all new mothers with mental illness had equal access to good services.

Less than half of mental health trusts have specialist mental health services for expectant and new mums. In the light of this, we are calling for a step change so that the mental health of mothers and babies is given the same importance as their physical health.

A need to improve the current system

At least 10 per cent of women and their families are affected by mental health problems, including: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.

The majority of these illnesses can be prevented through early identification and prompt access to the appropriate support. While there are many examples of excellent services that support mothers and their families, evidence shows that many do not get the care and support they need.


Falling through the cracks: Mothers who experience
perinatal mental illness need high quality, expert care

We are calling on the Department of Health to lead work to fill gaps in services, which could in turn save the lives of mothers and babies.

Read the full report

More about All Babies Count

To follow the latest developments of the campaign and read previous reports,
visit our All Babies Count page.

*Around 70,000 newborns. Based on Office for National Statistics birth figures (2011).

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