Health commissioners in North Yorkshire are hoping to launch a dedicated county-wide perinatal mental health service for pregnant woman and new mums.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) covering Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby, Vale of York, Scarborough and Ryedale, and Harrogate and Rural District will be submitting a joint bid for funding later this summer.
A consultation has now been launched, which will help shape the new service. Click here to take part in the survey. Responses should be submitted before 31 August.
Pregnant women, new mums and partners are being encouraged to share their views and experiences. Please share widely.
Speaking on behalf of the four North Yorkshire CCGs, Dr Peter Billingsley, Associate Chairman of NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG and Clinical Lead for Mental Health, said: “Many women feel more vulnerable and anxious during pregnancy and after the birth and for some it can trigger more serious mental health problems.
“To improve the health and wellbeing of our children, it is so important for
them to have the best possible start in life and preserving maternal mental and physical wellbeing is the best beginning.
“We are looking to update and improve our services to pregnant women and new mums who need mental health support and while we have some thoughts about what we want to achieve, it’s important we hear directly from pregnant women, new mums and partners.
“It will help us further understand what a service should be like and what would work best for women and their families.”