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Mental health support for pregnant women and new mothers in North Central London

There has been recent coverage in national media relating to mental health services for pregnant women, which includes mention of services in North Central London (NCL) covering Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

We want to reassure women who live in NCL that the figures used do not accurately reflect what is happening in our area, and there is a lot of mental health support available for women before and after they give birth. Correct data for 2020/21 has now been provided to NHS Digital. 

In North Central London we have a specialist perinatal mental health service to support women during their pregnancies and after the birth of their babies. During the last year (April 2020-March 2021):

•    910 women were seen who were new to the service
•    A total of 7,527 appointments were held. This is an 85% increase on the number  held in the previous year (4,077 appointments in 2019-20). 
•    A total of 1,836 psychological therapy appointments were held. This is a 46.5% increase on the number  held in the previous year (1,253 appointments in 2019-20). 

Referrals to the NCL Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service are accepted from health care professionals across North Central London, as they are nationally. There is equitable access to the service for all people who are suffering from perinatal mental illness. This year we are also expanding the support we have available for women who sadly lose their babies.

If you have any further questions about maternity care in North Central London, please contact Kaye Wilson, Maternity Programme Director and Head of Maternity Commissioning, NHS NCL CCG at kaye.wilson1@nhs.net

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