Study finds ‘big gaps’ in information for mums

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Health chiefs in Sheffield have found ‘significant gaps’ in information about mental health services provided to pregnant women and new mums in the city following a survey.

A poll of almost 500 women by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group discovered many did not understand the role health visitors play in working with families and young children.

The survey also found women were ‘not sufficiently aware’ of the services on offer, particularly psychological therapies.

But most of the participants spoke fondly about midwives, and said internet communities for mothers were ‘supportive and helpful’.

Trish Edney, the CCG’s clinical lead for children, young people and maternity, said: “Postnatal depression affects one in 10 women and is more common than people think.

“We wanted to gauge knowledge and understanding of where people would go to for help if needed and to ensure local views are taken into account when we are planning services for the future.”

The poll was made available online and shared at a number of mother and baby groups around Sheffield.