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More help for women with postnatal depression

17th May 2012

The NHS is set to offer more support to women who have postnatal depression or who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby.

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The government has announced that it will recruit an extra 4,200 health visitors, who will be given enhanced training to help them spot the early signs of postnatal depression.

The health visitors, who provide services for expectant and new parents after they have had a baby, and midwives will be supported to work together to provide expert joined up care for new parents with a focus on emotional wellbeing.

The government has also said that those who need counselling will be referred on to it, following a £400 million investment in psychological and talking therapies.

The service provided will also be rated by parents to enable the NHS to measure how well it looks after parents who have miscarried or suffered a stillbirth or cot death.

Under the initiative the government has pledged to improve maternity care by ensuring: women will have one named midwife who will oversee their care during pregnancy and after they have had their baby; that every woman has one-to-one midwife care during labour and birth; and that parents-to-be will get the best choice about where and how they give birth.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “No woman should have to cope with postnatal depression without help and support. The changes we are putting in place today will mean that the NHS is providing even more support to women who have this serious condition.”

 

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