Having a baby is, on the one hand, an amazing and fulfilling experience but we know that this is not a lasting experience for a lot of women.
As many as one in five women will experience what is medically known as a perinatal mental health problem but we would commonly call post natal depression. This condition does not discriminate, it is not confined to a particular demographic or race, it can happen to any woman and if such issues remain untreated they can seriously affect the ongoing health (both mental health and physical health) of both mother and child.
It has long been known that there is a significant lack of initiative and funding in all areas of mental health treatment and care both in Hospitals and in the community but womens’ health seems to be “catching up” slower, if at all. This is despite David Camerons’ pledge in 2016 that NHS England would spend £40m on more nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists to provide held to mothers and families both at home and in maternity units.
Not a lot of difference seemed to be made as a result of this statement and many areas in the UK remain woefully underfunded and under equipped to deal with perinatal mental health problems.
Theresa May has now said that a further £23m will not be released and Health service bosses say this should mean that by April next year, pregnant women and new mums across the whole of England are able to access specialist care and support.
Claire Murdoch, national mental health director for NHS England, says that mental ill health doesn't discriminate.
"It can happen to anyone at any time and it disrupts life not just for mums but the whole family, which is why we are absolutely committed to driving forward improvements in care and ensuring this important area of mental health continues to get the attention it deserves.
"What we are now starting to see is evidence-based NHS services growing in parts of the country where there used to be limited or no provision at all."
We do a lot of work with women who have suffered mental health issues after the birth of their child. Swain & Co Solicitors have an experienced and professional team of mental health lawyers who are compassionate with their clients and dedicated to fighting for the best results for their clients. We can act for Nearest Relatives as well as patients meaning that we are also best placed to advise partners of women experiencing mental health issues.
If you are experiencing these issues call our offices today and speak with a member of our team who can provide advice over the telephone and arrange an appointment to visit with you, often within 24 or 48 hours.