Apr 6, 2021

Mental health: More help for new and expectant mothers in England

These clinics will "Integrate maternity, reproductive health and psychological therapy for women experiencing mental health difficulties directly arising from, or related to, the maternity experience," NHS England said. NHS England has made a commitment to offer specialist care to at least 66,000 people with mental health difficulties related to pregnancy, birth or parenthood by 2023-24. "Emily Slater, CEO of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, said:"For the more than one in 10 expectant and new mothers experiencing mental health problems, and the increased numbers as a result of the pandemic, there needs to be a system of care available to support them. NHS England said care would be provided for a "Wide range of mental health issues from post-traumatic stress disorder after giving birth to others with a severe fear of childbirth," for 1,001 days from conception. "Claire Murdoch, NHS England's national mental health director, said:"Every woman has a unique experience with pregnancy and motherhood and some will need extra support to cope with mental health issues that can range from anxiety to severe depression.

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