Fight for a Fair Start: NSPCC campaigns for perinatal mental health support
Date: 30th July 2019
Category: Mental health, Family Environment and Alternative Care
NSPCC has launched a campaign calling for perinatal mental health support for every mum, so that every baby and every family gets a fair start.
NSPCC notes that up to 1 in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads experience mental health problems during pregnancy and after birth. However, getting the right support at the right time isn’t guaranteed.
The UK-wide campaign makes specific calls for each of the four nations. For Scotland, these are:
- each maternity unit to have access to support from a perinatal mental health midwife to help identify and support women and their families affected by poor maternal mental health
- specialist support for mother-infant attachment and bonding to be available to all who need it across all tiers of service delivery
- NHS boards to ensure that the recent Scottish government investment is spent on transforming perinatal mental health services.