Pregnant Women: Lancashire

Health written question – answered on 14th March 2007.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pregnant women in Lancashire were diagnosed with a mental illness (a) during pregnancy and (b) in the year after their pregnancy in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is not collected centrally. The Department does not collect information about diagnoses in primary care, so information about the number of people with a mental illness, and who are treated in primary care, is not available at primary care trust, county or national levels.

However, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence issued clinical guidance note CG45 on 28 February 2007 about treating antenatal and postnatal mental health and is available on its website at This estimates that one in seven women experience a mental health problem in the antenatal (during pregnancy) and postnatal (first year after giving birth) periods.

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Posted on 20 Mar 2007 2:27 pm (Report this annotation)

this is a a very crucial time for a woman you really need to be researching pregnant womens needs
it is well known that domestic violence often happens at the point in a woman's life and not nearly enough help has been forthcoming
what with the state of the world at the moment it's enough to drive anyone round the twist what a heavy burden to bring an innocent soul into such a crappy world