Perinatal and infant mental health

Guidance highlights the role of Specialist Health Visitors in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

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Health Education England has published Specialist Health Visitors in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health – What they do and why they matter.  This guidance concludes that all women and their partners should have access within their local health visiting service to a specialist health visitor in perinatal and infant mental health.  According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), more than one-in-ten women will experience mental health problems during pregnancy and after the child’s birth, which means that some 70,000 families could be affected by mental health issues.

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