All Babies Count: spotlight on perinatal mental health - prevention in mind How mental illness affects women before and after pregnancy, and what can be done to help
Our spotlight on perinatal mental health looks at what is known about mental illnesses that women can experience during the antenatal and postnatal period and what can be done to ensure better prevention, identification and treatment of these illnesses.
This report is part of our All Babies Count spotlight series on issues that affect families from pregnancy through the first years of life.
Author: Sally Hogg
- Perinatal mental illnesses affect at least 10% of women
- Access to mental health services is currently a postcode lottery
- Pregnant women and new mums at risk of or suffering from mental illness should be identified as early as possible and given appropriate and timely expert care to prevent illness from occurring or escalating and minimise the harm suffered by them and their families.
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All Babies Count Spotlight series
Our Spotlight reports are a series of papers on the developmental importance of pregnancy and infancy published as part of the NSPCC’s All Babies Count campaign.
All Babies Count aims to raise awareness of the importance of pregnancy and the first years of life to a child’s development. The NSPCC is calling for better early support for parents during this period to ensure all babies are safe and able to thrive.
Each Spotlight focuses on a different issue that affects families with babies and looks at what can be done to support parents to keep their infants safe and give them the care they need.
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