ALMOST half of mothers have suffered mental health problems following childbirth.
The worrying results from the National Childbirth Trust has prompted it to launch a campaign demanding better treatment for new mothers with mental health problems. This includes a new support group in Warwick and Leamington.
Following a survey of 1,000 new mothers, the charity found half experienced mental anguish and emotional distress postnatally or during pregnancy.
And half of those were too embarrassed or afraid of being judged to seek help.
The charity, which supports parents through pregnancy and parenthood, is urging people to sign the campaign at www.nct.org.uk/hiddenhalf.
And for those experiencing emotional difficulties, to attend its weekly peer support group, ‘Parents in Mind’ in Warwick and Leamington.
Those wishing to attend should contact a health professional such as a GP or midwife for a referral.
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