Maternal Mental Health


Good maternal mental health will support the healthy development of the child.

10-15% of new mothers experience postnatal depression.

Children’s centres offer a wide range of activities and child and family health services within their local communities. A variety of support and information can be obtained from these centres, which may include:

  • Parenting courses and support
  • Groups to support baby and toddler development through play
  • Baby massage
  • Access to health visiting team
  • Toy libraries and sensory rooms
  • Lone parent support groups
  • Breastfeeding groups
  • Twins and multiple birth support
  • Young expectant parents courses
  • Support groups for children with disabilities

Individual family support can be provided by family support workers and they can offer you practical and emotional support where needed.

Click here for details of your local children’s centre.

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