A parenting charity has found that only 3% of clinical commissioning groups provided mental health support to new mothers. The figures come from the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) who sent freedom of information (FOI) requests to 194 clinical commissioning groups.
A staggering 97% of respondents had no mental health strategy for new mothers, and 60% say they have no plans to put one in place. Of those who responded, 15% directed the NCT to local NHS trusts or NHS England. The parenting charity said this suggests a lack of clarity regarding exactly who is responsible for providing such services.
The NCT have called for more resources and staff to ‘urgently’ tackle the gaps in support and care provided to those with postnatal depression. NCT chief executive Belinda Phipps said:
“One in ten mothers experience some form of postnatal depression, but there are clearly huge gaps in the support and care being provided to them across England.
“While we found some areas with…