Mental health and the journey to parenthood

Find out what's working well for people and what needs to improve when it comes to people about their mental health experiences before, during and after pregnancy, in Healthwatch England's new report.
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Healthwatch England’s new report, which explores the experiences of new mums, shows that some women are not receiving the mental health support they should expect.

The report also highlights that triggers like severe sickness in pregnancy, fear of speaking up, and a lack of information about where to turn for help, can all contribute to mental ill-health.

Healthwatch is therefore calling on health professionals to make more space for new parents to talk about their mental health and to check on the wellbeing of women during and after pregnancy.

Three common issues

  • People feel their mental health problems are triggered by a variety of issues
  • People don't know where to turn for help
  • People feel scared about how people will respond if they speak up.

Find out more about what people said in Healthwatch England's report.

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