This quality standard covers the recognition, assessment, care and treatment of mental health problems in women during pregnancy and the postnatal period (up to 1 year after childbirth). It also includes providing pre‑conception support and advice for women with an existing mental health problem who might become pregnant, and the organisation of mental health services needed in pregnancy and the postnatal period.
Alain Gregoire writes ahead of tonight’s BBC documentary on postpartum psychosis on BBC1 10.45pm. One in 10 women suffers from pregnancy-related mental health problems, but fear stops them asking for help.
The announcement follows the publication of a report by the Mental Health Taskforce, chaired by Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind.
With one in 10 women developing a mental illness during or after pregnancy, including postpartum psychosis, not all are lucky enough to be cared for in a specialist mother and baby unit
Women are not getting the perinatal care they require in large parts of the country, the MMHA warns:
Diana Wilson tells her story of Maternal OCD and co-founding the charity Maternal OCD.
Prime minister promises more services to tackle postnatal depression and other illnesses, while urging a more honest national debate.
£290 million to help new and expectant mums who have poor mental health
One in 5 new mothers develop a mental health problem around the time of the birth of their child and some 30,000 more women need specialist services. If untreated this can turn into a lifelong illness, proven to increase the likelihood of poor outcomes to the mother or new baby.
That is why the government is today (11th January 2016) announcing a £290 million investment in the years to 2020 which will mean that at least 30,000 more women each year will have access to specialist mental healthcare before and after having their baby. For example, through perinatal classes, new community perinatal teams and more beds in mother and baby units, mums with serious mental health problems can get the best support and keep their babies with them.
Clare Dolman, Vice Chair of the MMHA, trustee of Action on Postpartum Psychosis and Vice Chair of Bipolar UK, explains how the charities worked with EastEnders on the storyline of Stacey Branning’s postpartum psychosis.