|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.