Experiences of Perinatal Mental Health

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Wandsworth wanted to hear from people who live in Wandsworth about their experiences of managing emotional and mental health wellbeing in pregnancy, childbirth or the first year after giving birth and becoming a parent. They developed an online survey to ask Wandsworth residents about their recent experience of mental health and wellbeing during the perinatal period. The survey was open from December 2020 until April 2021 and 64 people responded to the survey.

There were many positive comments about support from services, however, there were comments that suggest there is room for improvement. These improvement recommendations pertain to getting a referral and reducing waiting times for mental health support, ensuring that issues are understood by health and care professionals who can then identify and refer people who need support, co-ordination between services and continuity of care, availability of support from community settings and forums amongst others.


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General details

Report title 
Experiences of Perinatal Mental Health
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wandsworth
Date of publication 
Friday, 18 June, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 December, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 30 April, 2021
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Mental health crisis service
Mental health recovery service
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
18-24 years
25-64 years
Asian / Asian British
Black/ African / Caribbean / Black British
Specific ethnicity if known 
Any other White background
English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British
White and Asian
Sexual orientation 
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not applicable
Does the information include staff's views? 
Not applicable
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.