Only 6% of mums could recall seeing the same health professional in health reviews that take place during pregnancy and up to their child's 1st birthday1
Our survey asked over 2,000 mothers with children aged 1 to 3 in England about their experiences of health reviews. The survey revealed:
- nearly a quarter saw a new person each time
- over a quarter had a letter, phone call or text message instead of a face-to-face visit
- 40% said their health professional didn't establish a relationship where they could share concerns about their wellbeing
- over a quarter reported rarely being asked about their mental health2.
All families in England are legally entitled to receive 5 check-ins from qualified health professionals through the Healthy Child Programme. However, cuts to the public health budget and a decline in NHS health visitors raises concerns that families across the country aren't getting the support they need3.
Perinatal mental health problems affect up to 1 in 5 mothers and up to 1 in 10 fathers4. Ahead of the upcoming budget and spending review, our Fight for a Fair Start campaign urges government to invest in the public health grant so families get the care they need.