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Better mental healthcare needed for new mothers

7th July 2014

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) have said the support and care for the mental health of new mothers by NHS England needs to improve.

motherandbaby1The charity's research of 194 CCGs found one in 10 mothers experienced post-natal depression but too often there was "no care, or very little care".

3% of CCGs had a peri-natal mental health strategy in place. Of those CCGs with no strategy in place, 60% said they had no plans to establish one. Only 13% had a full team of specialists ready.

The NCT chief executive Belinda Philips said: "While we found some areas with excellent care, too often we have found situations where there is no care, or very little care.

"For many parents this will result in months of misery, damaging both family relations and children's well-being."

A spokesperson for the NHS said: "While across the country there are many good examples of high quality support for postnatal depression, the level of service is still too varied and local commissioners need to ensure that the support they provide for women meets the highest standards."

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