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New pledge to increase specialist mental health midwives numbers

13th November 2013

The government has vowed to ensure there are enough trained specialist mental health midwives in the NHS to help women at risk of suffering from post-natal depression.

National training body Health Education England will be working to provide enough training in perinatal mental health to guarantee that specialist staff are available for each and every birthing unit by 2017.

Mental health issues affect around one in ten women either when pregnant or after their baby is born. They can prevent them from properly bonding with their newborn children and, in some extreme cases, lead to suicide.

This new pledge comes as part of wider Department of Health plans to increase the number of midwives in the NHS.

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter said: "Specialist mental health doctors and midwives are crucial in helping women at risk of suffering from depression and we will ensure that there are enough trained mental health midwives for the whole country."

The announcement has been welcomed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which has been campaigning for such a move for some time.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801660323-ADNFCR

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