In 2015, the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland carried out a themed visit to find out how many women received care in a local adult acute ward, without their baby, during a period of perinatal mental illness. They found that just over one third of women were separated from their baby, sometimes for a prolonged period. In Scotland, it is a legal duty for Health Boards to provide joint mother and baby admissions. Continue reading Positive steps taken in Scotland to improve access to inpatient care
On 6th March, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey, visited the mother and baby unit (MBU) at St John’s Hospital in Livingston, Scotland, where they announced that more than £50m is to be spent on improving access to perinatal mental health (PMH) services.
Following the funding announcement, the National Managed Clinical Network (MCN) for PMH launched their needs assessment report, funded by the Scottish Government, and Women and Families Maternal Mental Health Pledge, which was developed in partnership with Maternal Mental Health Scotland Change Agents.
A ground-breaking one-hour debate on perinatal mental health in Scotland was broadcast live from the BBC in the Scottish Parliament on 17th May. SNP MSP Clare Haughey put forward a motion on the Everyone’s Business Campaign and the need for perinatal mental health services in Scotland. This was supported by (with references to the new campaign maps) Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt, Green MSP Alison Johnstone, Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole- Hamilton, Labour MSP Anas Sarwar and Tory MSP Annie Wells.
Watch the debate here.