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Support Call For Depressed Mums To Be
Women suffering with antenatal depression need more support, according to the Royal College of Midwives.
The RCM made the comments after a new poll found that more than a third of women who suffer depression during pregnancy have suicidal thoughts.
Four in five mothers surveyed who suffered with depression in pregnancy went on to struggle with postnatal depression.
Half of the 260 women surveyed said their illness affected their relationship with their baby, according to the research conducted by the RCM and Netmums.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, said: "This survey shows that there is an urgent need to identify and help women with depression in pregnancy and after the birth of their baby. If we can identify women as early as possible then we could prevent them declining into much more serious mental health problems.
"The Government has made a promise to women that they will be offered better support postnatally and that more will be done to spot and support postnatal depression. However, we know that antenatal and postnatal services are suffering as a result of budget cuts and a shortage of midwives. This is in addition to the postcode lottery of service provision for women with postnatal depression.
"If this situation is not rectified, the NHS will continue to fail women with mental health problems during pregnancy or birth and the Government's pledge would be judged to be an empty promise."
Health minister Dr Dan Poulter said: "Pregnancy, and the birth of a new child can be both a joyous and an emotionally challenging time.
"The Government recognises that women with depression both during and after pregnancy need care and support, not stigma.
"That's why early diagnosis and support for women and parents is so important, and it is midwives who provide the vital personalised, one to one care for women and families during pregnancy and childbirth.
"That is why the Government has invested in over 900 additional midwives working in the NHS since 2010."
what do you think?
I welcome this change , having suffered post natal depression twice I realise the importance of early detection , such a sad sad illness that robs you of the joy of having a beautiful new baby , but more midwives are greatly needed xxx
Here we go again banging on about needing more midwifes How the he'll did people use to cope in years gone by we now live in a society that literally wants its backside wiping for it .With all the do gooders and none jobs that have popped up over the years .People have become soft can't think or do anything for themselves .My wife suffered really bad after the birth of are son but more midwifes will not change a woman's hormones we have doctors for that
Dont judge until you have walked a mile in someone else's shoes !!!
Paul,do you actually know what you are talking about??? I dont think so.well said kimberley
What an attitude!!! We do need more midwives, this is not made up!! I had post- natal depression with my first but had a good birth, yet with my 3rd i had ante-natal depression, it was horrible! Thought i was going mad, I'd never even heard of it! N how do u suggest that doctors change a woman's hormones!? Such attitudes are not helpful nor appreciated!! I wonder how u helped yr wife cope???!! Having depression is serious n if u don't know how to deal/cope with it then u need help!!!
juliet Williams I know all too well about what I am talking about my life was hell as well for twenty years of her loosing heat mind mood swings thrashing the house three times thousands in damage being attract for no resion . I change my job my life to care and look after my wife we only have one child because of it . So don't preach to me I known everything there is to know about stress and dispersion and the suffering and as for working s mile in another's shoes I think I have that well send truly covered
I think Paul has had a tough time of it, not just the women who suffer, it's their families too! I agree it's a doctors help that's needed if depression sets in, but a lot of women dig their heels in and won't accept any help, did this happen in your case, Paul? I really do not think Paul meant any offence...