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Stoke St Milborough Parish Council,

Maternity Mental Health

By Wendy Richards Stoke St Milborough Parish Council,

Wednesday, 5 September 2018


Stoke St Milborough Parish Council, Contributor


Shropshire Maternity Mental Health Provision one of lowest in country

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance has published data that shows that the level of specialist support given to Shropshire women and their families is “extremely basic” and “falls short of national standards”.

Over half of new mothers are concerned about their mental health and as many as 1 in 5 pregnant women and new mums experience some form of mental health challenge. Men can also be affected, the National Childbirth Trust research shows that 1 in 3 new dads are concerned about their mental health and 1 in 10 dads suffer from Post Natal Depression.

Healthwatch Shropshire want to hear how families have managed their mental health problems with the current provision and what improvements would have made the difference to them.

NHS England have announced that they will increase spending on maternal mental health support from 2019 which should hopefully mean a better level of support locally. This is a real opportunity for parents to share their experiences and use them to help develop a service which truly meets the needs of local families. By sharing your story you can help organisations providing care to learn as well as design services which will benefit everyone.

You can help by sharing your experience or encouraging anyone you know who might be affected to take five minutes to share their story. All information will be treated confidentially and shared anonymously. You can contact Healthwatch Shropshire on 01743 237884 or email enquiries@healthwatchshropshire.co.uk

Contact Information

Wendy Richards

  • 07813271274
  • 01584823678

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