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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

CR197. Perinatal mental health services: Recommendations for the provision of services for childbearing women

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Approved: Nov 2014

Published: Jul 2015

Status: current

Number of pages: 29

Review by: 2019

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This report describes the provision of good-quality mental health services to childbearing women. It makes various recommendations and will assist those providing and planning services for pregnant and postpartum women across a range of disorders and severities at all levels of service provision. It outlines the particular importance of perinatal mental health problems and the need for specialised services.


This report replaces CR88, of the same name, from year 2001.



  • Working group
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • What are perinatal mental health services?
  • Why is perinatal mental health important?
  • Current care and services for perinatal mental health disorders
  • Good perinatal mental healthcare services
  • Staffing and resources for specialised perinatal mental health services
  • References



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