Mental health support for for pregnant women and new mums

December 22 2016

NEW and expectant mothers in South Gloucestershire will have access to specialist mental health support as a result of recently announced funding.

NEW and expectant mothers in South Gloucestershire will have access to specialist mental health support as a result of recently announced funding.

Some 3,000 women a year in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset have concerns about their emotional wellbeing either during pregnancy or shortly after their baby is born.

As many as 400 of them will experience serious mental health problems and a new perinatal mental health service, worth £1.3 million over three years, will ensure those in greatest need will get fast access to specialist care. 

A team run by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, including a consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and specialist practitioners, will ensure healthcare professionals are better equipped to identify women who have, or are at risk of developing, mental health problems. 

Any women or their families with concerns about mental health during pregnancy should speak to their midwife, health visitor or GP.