Mental health care for new mothers 'inconsistent'

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More investment is needed to address variations in mental health care for women during pregnancy and after giving birth, an assembly committee has found.

The Children, Young People and Education Committee said although it welcomes specialist health teams, the lack of specialist in-patient care within Wales for those with the most severe symptoms is 'unacceptable.'

The committee heard from women in Wales who had experiences with perinatal mental ill health.

The committee has also recommended prioritising quicker access to psychological therapies for women.

They said they want the Welsh Government to outline how it expects the lack of psychological support for neonatal and bereaved parents to be addressed and to raise awareness of the issue among public and health professionals.

In response to the recommendations the Welsh Government said it has been developing options to improve the service in Wales.