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When Mother & baby are at their most vulnerable

Thousands of pregnant women have confronted mental health issues before they become more serious thanks to a thriving perinatal mental health service in Devon.  Since it began 5 years ago the 10-strong Devon & Torbay Perinatal Health Team has identified, supported or signposted thousands of women who needed mental health support.  Now, all of the women who give birth every year in the 3 acute hospitals in Devon & Torbay are asked by midwives about their mental health and those who report concerns or are at risk are referred to the team.

In the last 3 years, 5,698 of the 22,715 women who gave birth needed the service.  All of those women received evidence based advice, either in a letter, following a telephone conversation or in response to a face to face assessment.

Researched Links:

NHS England:  Thousands of women confront mental health issues in thriving community perinatal scheme

Devon Partnership NHS Trust: Perinatal Service

Film to break down stigma and support others going through perinatal mental health issues

CQC:  Review of Health Services for Children Looked After & Safeguarding in Torbay

Perinatal Institute

Perinatal Support Services - Family Action

Costs of perinatal mental health problems

Perinatal Quality Network - Royal College of Psychiatrists

British Association of Perinatal Medicine

NHS Commissioning - C06. Perinatal Mental Health

DCP Faculty of Perinatal Psychology website | BPS

All Wales Perinatal Survey

Perinatal Health in Scotland

'Maternal Mental Health is Everyone's Business - Niamh

£220,000 to improve support for new mothers

NICE updates its guideline on safely treating mental health problems in women before, during & after pregnancy

Funding aims to lift shadow of perinatal depression