National Policy

The Five Year Forward View for mental health aims to increase access to perinatal services by 2020/21. 30,000 additional mothers will receive specialist treatment and funding will be available for dedicated community and mother and baby inpatient services. 

NICE Guidance on antenatal and postnatal mental health care cover the recognition, assessment, care and treatment of mental health problems during pregnancy, in the postnatal period and in women who are planning pregnancy. 

The Mums and Babies in Mind Perinatal Mental Health Mapping Tool helps commissioners identify opportunities for service development and the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health provides guidance for commissioners on perinatal mental health services.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services has developed a set of Standards for Community Perinatal Mental Health Services.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Good Practice briefing looks at the role of maternity services in early identification and assessment and makes recommendations about service organisation.

The Royal College of General Practitioners Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit provides guidance for primary care.