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From the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA), of which MindWise is a member, and the Centre for Mental Health, were expressing concern about the increased mental health challenges that new mothers were likely facing as a result of the pandemic and lockdown.
At MindWise, we know that the perinatal period is a time of significant risk to women’s mental health, with up to two in ten women suffering some form of mental health problem. During the perinatal period, women can be affected by a range of problems such as antenatal and postnatal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and postpartum psychosis.
Sadly, we're not surprised that the MMHA's findings show the pandemic has placed significant additional strain on maternal mental health and the services that support women, parents and families during and after pregnancy.
We support the changes suggested by the MMHA in this report and the need for equality for all. We look forward to the outcomes of the suggested actions and hope we will at long last see a time when every pregnant woman and new mother gets the mental health support they need, when they need it.
To download the full report from the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, click here: Maternal Mental Health During The Pandemic.