During the perinatal period, from pregnancy up to a year after birth, women can be affected by a number of mental health problems. These include: depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and postpartum psychosis. These conditions are referred to as perinatal mental health conditions or illnesses.
This report provides an overview of the findings from the Perinatal Mental Health in Wales project, a collaboration between NSPCC Cymru/Wales, National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), Mind Cymru and Mental Health Foundation, with support from the Maternal Mental Health Alliance Everyone’s Business Campaign. The project explores perinatal mental health care in Wales and how this is experienced by women and their partners affected by perinatal mental health problems.
Authors: Dr. Sarah Witcombe-Hayes with Professor Ian Jones, Paul Gauci, Jenny Burns, Simon Jones and Susan O’Leary
Barriers to identifying perinatal mental health problems
Specialist perinatal mental health care in Wales
Accessing specialist perinatal mental health care
Third sector perinatal mental health care in Wales
Supporting families affected by perinatal mental health problems
Please cite as: Witcombe-Hayes, S with Jones, I., Gauci, P., Burns, J., Jones, S and O’Leary, S (2018) From bumps to babies: perinatal mental health care Wales. Cardiff: NSPCC, National Centre for Mental Health, Mind Cymru, Mental Health Foundation, Maternal Mental Health Everyone’s Business.
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