How should I care for women with a history of serious mental health disorders?
If a woman is taking antidepressants and becomes pregnant should she stop immediately?
What should I do if there is a bereavement?
These questions and more have been posed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) to aid those in primary care to get to grips with the recent NICE guidance to develop what needs to be considered by all care practitioners when treating and caring for women experiencing perinatal mental health issues.
The guidance is attached for your reference and we would encourage both CCGs and primary care organisations to reflect and utilise this toolkit.
As the Thames Valley & Milton Keynes Clinical Network, we are committed to drive improvements in this important area, and are actively supporting this through our Clinical Lead Bryony Gibson, Project Lead Perinatal Mental Health – firstname.lastname@example.org and Becky Furlong, Children & Maternity Network Manager – email@example.com