Getting it right for mothers and babies Closing the gaps in community perinatal mental health services

Woman looking down10 to 15 per cent of women in Scotland experience mental health problems during pregnancy or the first year after birth. If untreated, these can have a devastating impact on both women and their families.

This NSPCC Scotland report, written in partnership with Maternal Mental Health Scotland, provides an insight into the current state of perinatal mental health (PMH) services in Scotland. It outlines recent developments in policy and provision and examples of innovative practice. It also highlights the considerable gaps that remain in service provision.

The report makes a number of recommendations based on a nationally coordinated systematic approach to the development of specialist antenatal and postnatal mental health services across Scotland.

Authors: Susan Galloway with Sally Hogg
Published: 2015

  • Perinatal mental illnesses affect between 10 -15% of women in Scotland.
  • 71% of health boards in Scotland do not have any midwives or health visitors with accredited perinatal mental health training.
  • Only five Scottish health boards (36%) have a specialist community perinatal mental health service.
  • 90% of NHS boards support a National Managed Clinical Network for perinatal mental health.
Foreword 3
Acknowledgements 4
Executive summary 5
Key Recommendations 8
Introduction 10
The signifi cance of perinatal mental health 12
Knowledge and awareness of key professionals 18
Predicting and reducing risk 23
Prevention and detection 24
Management of perinatal mental health 29

"Mums want help, they embrace it. At such an important and vulnerable time in women's lives, please don't leave us hanging."

Please cite as: Galloway, S. and Hogg, S. (2015) Getting it right for mothers and babies: closing the gaps in community perinatal mental health services. London: NSPCC.

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