Postnatal Depression

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, Health what discussions he has had with NCT on the identification of postnatal problems in that organisations Hidden Half campaign.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Ministers have not met with representatives from the National Childbirth Trust, but are aware of their Hidden Half campaign.

This Government is committed to improving perinatal mental health services for women during pregnancy and in the first postnatal year, so that women are able to access the right care at the right time and close to home.

A key element of NHS England’s £365 million perinatal mental health transformation programme is to increase awareness and skills across the workforce.

The six week postnatal check is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidance on postnatal care and identified as a crucial element of postnatal care by NHS England’s National Maternity Review. This check should make an assessment of how a woman has made the transition to motherhood, including her mental health.

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