The London School of Economics and the Centre for Mental Health have issued a report that says poor mental care for pregnant women is costing a staggering £8bn.
Mental health problems are common among pregnant women, and one in five will develop depression, anxiety or psychoses – bipolar disorder or schizophrenia – while pregnant or following childbirth.
This means that for all the births in one year, society is paying what the report claims is a “shocking” price for poor mental health care.
The report adds that problems such as depression and anxiety should be “of major importance” not only due to the impact on new mothers, but also ” because they have been shown to compromise the healthy emotional, cognitive and even physical development of the child.”
Unfortunately, the findings suggest half of all cases of depression among new mothers and pregnant women go undetected, and that many of these women do not receive appropriate treatment for their mental health…