The UK NSC recommendation on Postnatal depression screening in pregnancy
Find general information about population health screening.
More about Postnatal depression
As many as eight out of 10 women get what's known as the 'baby blues'. It normally begins within a few days of the birth, and common symptoms include bursting into tears for no reason, or feeling fantastic one minute and miserable the next. Fortunately, the symptoms only last for a short time.
If you become more unhappy or upset, or if your low mood lasts longer than a week, you might have postnatal depression.
Postnatal depression affects one in 10 new mums.
• Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
Related documentsPostnatal depression policy review summary (PDF document, 157KB, 15/12/11)
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