Summary of report contentHealthwatch Suffolk collected data between 25th October 2018 and 15th December 2018 on the behalf of Suffolk Perinatal Mental Health (SPMHS) and Public Health Suffolk (PHS). The SPMHS and PHS launched a survey to capture the experiences of both mothers and partners in Suffolk, of which Healthwatch Suffolk hosted and analysed. 148 responses were analysed, 3 from partners and 145 from mothers. The findings of this report does not reflect the experiences of young mothers as all participants were over the age of 22. Over half of mothers said they had experienced a mental health illness before their pregnancy, 2 of 3 male participants indicated they had experienced a mental illness before their partners pregnancy. Two-thirds of mothers noticed a problem after birth with over half noticing within the first 3 months. 70% of mothers had experienced depression and 50% had more than one type of illness. All male partners had experienced depression and two had also experienced anxiety and panic attacks. Most mothers received no help or was prescribed medication. On average, mothers rated services (GPs, mental health services, birth hospital, community midwife, health visitors) a 4.4 out of 10, with services being rated the lowest for the treatment of PTSD. Mothers said reduced waiting times, better access to services especially in rural areas, workforce awareness and trained professionals would be improved their experiences. This report contains a map of Suffolk showing the number of responses by location and level of deprivation.
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Perinatal Mental Health Services
Date of publication
Monday, 25 March, 2019
Date evidence capture began
Thursday, 25 October, 2018
Date evidence capture finished
Saturday, 15 December, 2018
Type of report
Communication between staff and patients
Continuity of care
Integration of services
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Quality of treatment
Waiting time to be seen once arrived at appointment
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Healthwatch reference number
Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
What type of organisation requested the work
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner?
Suffolk Perinatal Mental Health and Public Health Suffolk.
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Primary care services
Secondary care services
Mental health services
Community mental health team (CMHT)
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report
Number of people who shared their views
All people under the age of 18
Specific ethnicity if known
Does the information include public's views?
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views?
Does the information include staff's views?
Does the information include other people's views?
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views?
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?