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Half of pregnant women and new mums can't share concerns over mental health

Half of pregnant woman and new mums in the east say they can’t share concerns about their mental health during health reviews.

In a study by the NSPCC 30 per-cent say their consultation was by phone, letter or text rather than face to face.

The NSPCC has launched a 'Fight for a Fair Start' campaign urging the Government to invest £700m in ‘The Healthy Child Programme’

Half of pregnant women and new mums can't share concerns over mental health Credit: ITV Anglia

The research revealed only 6% of mothers in the East of England could recall seeing the same health professional in the health reviews that take place during pregnancy and up to their child turning one.

Mothers were asked about their experience of the first four health reviews that take place during pregnancy and up to their child’s first birthday.

We know that when parents experience poor mental health, as well as this having a detrimental impact on them it can seriously affect their child’s development too. The Healthy Child Programme provides a vital opportunity to pick up on perinatal mental health problems early and provide the necessary support for the whole family, but successive cuts to the public health grant mean local areas are struggling to provide the care they know people need."

– Andrew Fellowes, NSPCC