Under the plans, health workers will receive additional training that will help them to identify any early signs of postnatal depression.
The current system could mean that a pregnant women see’s various different health visitors during and after their pregnancy, whilst the new plans would ensure women have one named midwife to oversee their care both during and after.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and various parenting forums are pleased that action is being taken. RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick commented that the pledges were good news for both women and for midwives.
She said: “These are positive plans from the government targeting areas of maternity care that are under-prioritised and under-resourced”.
Mumsnet co-founder Justine Roberts also welcomed the news, but warned that a sustained effort would be required in…Read more