All Babies Count: spotlight on perinatal mental health

All Babies Count: spotlight on perinatal mental healthSpotlight on perinatal mental health looks at what is known about mental illnesses that women can experience during pregnancy and in the year after birth and what can be done to ensure better prevention, identification and treatment of these illnesses.

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The All Babies Count spotlights are a series of reports looking at issues facing families with babies and what can be done to support parents to keep their infants safe and give them the care they need.

Key findings

  • Perinatal mental illnesses affect at least 10% of women
  • Access to mental health services is currently a postcode lottery
  • Pregnant women and new mums at risk of or suffering from mental illness should be identified as early as possible and given appropriate and timely expert care to prevent illness from occurring or escalating and minimise the harm suffered by them and their families.

The infographic below summarises the key statistics about the gaps in the provision of maternity and mental health services to new mothers in England.

 Spotlight on perinatal mental health infographic, NSPCC