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Better mental health support needed for new mums

Support such as listening visits by health visitors to new mothers with mental health problems could be improved
Picture show model depicting depressed young mother holding a baby. Support such as listening visits by health visitors to new mothers with mental health problems could be improved.

Support such as listening visits by health visitors to new mothers with mental health problems could be improved

Health visitors help new mothers to cope with mental health problems through support such as ‘listening visits’, but more attention should be paid to how such support can be improved, a survey suggests.

Around 20% of mothers experience mental health problems during pregnancy or after birth. Although many mothers experience mild to moderate anxiety or depression, only a minority receive help.

Listening visits are made by health visitors (HVs)

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