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Mental health in pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies and toddlers: needs assessment report

This needs assessment report brings together data and evidence on mental health in the antenatal and postnatal periods, and the social and emotional development and wellbeing of babies and toddlers. It can be used to inform local needs assessments by giving commissioners an indication of perinatal and infant mental health need in their area.

The report includes data specific to each local area, including estimates of the number of women with a range of maternal mental health conditions, based on local delivery figures. It also presents data and evidence on key risk factors for poor infant and maternal mental health in a population, including domestic violence, poor social support, drug and alcohol misuse, teenage parents, looked after children and homelessness.

The report is available for upper tier local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, although not all the data is available for clinical commissioning groups.

To get the most out of this report, first read the short guide on how to use it.

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