Improving Maternal Mental Health Support: Report Findings


A recent report highlights a concerning issue: almost half of the instances of anxiety and depression among new and expectant mothers are going unnoticed and undiagnosed. The study reveals that even though 10-20% of women experience mental health challenges like anxiety and depression during pregnancy or within the first year of childbirth, a significant 50% of these cases are not being identified, despite interactions with healthcare professionals. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) conducted this study.

The report underscores a noteworthy observation – that mental health concerns often take a back seat to physical well-being during pregnancy. This finding has led to a call for increased numbers of midwives, as they play a crucial role in detecting more instances of mental health issues.  Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be emotionally challenging times for many women, and it’s crucial to provide proper attention to mental well-being alongside physical health. The report’s insights shed light on the need for a more comprehensive approach to maternal care, ensuring that mental health receives the attention it deserves. By enhancing the availability of midwives, who are in direct contact with expectant and new mothers, there is an opportunity to bridge the gap and offer better support for those facing mental health struggles during this important phase of life.

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