with perinatal depression admitted to hospital end up on a mixed-sex
ward, claims report
by staff reporter
than 60 per cent of women with perinatal depression who are admitted
to psychiatric hospital end up on a mixed-sex psychiatric ward -
usually without their baby.
is according to a mental health charity survey of 148 women who
had depression just before or after giving birth.
report by Mind, based on the survey, also
quoted one study last year in the Psychiatric Bulletin journal which
found that 12 per cent of NHS trusts still admit mothers and babies
to general mixed-sex adult psychiatric wards.
government document, entitled Safety Privacy and Dignity in Mental
Health Units, has previously specified the "clear objective"
of ending mixed sex accommodation in 95% of health authority areas
report, entitled Out of the blue? Motherhood and Depression, states
that at least one in six women experience mental distress during
pregnancy or after birth.
said 25% of all maternal deaths are linked to mental health problems
Mind also said its survey revealed “an alarming shortfall
in services, failures in diagnosis and lack of treatment options
for these women.”
The survey found over two thirds of women had to wait a month or
more for treatment, while 1 in 10 had to wait over a year. Seventy
five per cent of the women were given medication, with the remainder
makes a raft of recommendations, including that all maternity services
have a lead clinician with an interest in perinatal mental health.
Mind’s chief executive Paul Farmer, said: "Far too many
women are placed on general psychiatric hospitals without their
baby because of a critical shortage of specialist mother and baby
added: "The gaps in knowledge, provision and care for these
vulnerable women must be addressed now."
response, Professor Louis Appleby, the government's national director
for mental health, told the BBC that the government recognised the
need to improve access to care and treatment for new mothers with
pointed to two new pilot therapy centres in Doncaster and Newham,
London, which, he said, would improve women's access to therapy.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is also to
produce national guidelines for treating postnatal depression early
shadow health minister Tim Loughton said: "The findings of
[Mind's] report flies in the face of the government's recent announcement
that they would make talking therapies more widely available.
is completely unacceptable that 10% of these women who present to
their doctor with mental health problems have to wait over a year
to receive treatment."
Mind's Out of the blue? Motherhood and Depression
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