Offers evidence-based advice on the recognition, assessment, care and treatment of mental health problems in women during pregnancy and the postnatal period (up to 1 year after childbirth), and in women who are planning a pregnancy.
Specialist Mental Health Midwives have a crucial role in effective perinatal mental health care. However, there are currently many maternity services without this important position, and where Specialist Mental Health Midwives do exist there are differences in their role, skills and experience.
This guide is about the commissioning of good quality perinatal mental health services. It has been written to assist specialised commissioners, as well as Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health and Wellbeing Boards.
This resource is the executive summary of a comprehensive report into the costs of perinatal mental health problems to the healthcare system in the UK, estimating that it costs a total of £8.1 billion long term cost for each one year cohort of births in the UK or £10,000 per birth.