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Two in five new mums can't cope with parenting

11th May 2012

A survey by the NSPCC has found that 72% of new mothers wanted more advice from healthcare workers about feeling anxious and depressed before they had their babies.

The research showed that two in five women reported struggling to cope after the birth and a fifth found it hard to deal with their baby crying in the first eight weeks. Chris Cuthbert from the charity said: "Currently much of the focus of antenatal education is on physical health, such as the choice of pain relief during labour. However, we want both mothers and fathers to have access to high-quality antenatal education on the practicalities of caring for a baby that prepares parents for the emotional challenges they will face."

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