University of Hull

Improving the mental health of new mothers

The University of Hull is helping to ensure pregnant women and new parents get the best care possible when it comes to their mental health.

Professor of Midwifery, Julie Jomeen, has led researchers and specialist nurses from the region’s NHS trust to provide a better service for women and their families.

Having instigated pioneering services in 2007 in the region, guidelines addressed delayed diagnosis, treatment and care – and were amongst the first perinatal mental health guidelines to be developed following the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance for pregnant women and new mothers.

The model for helping GPs, health visitors and midwives to predict, detect and manage mental health problems has now been adopted in other areas of the UK.

Research continues to evaluate why some women miss perinatal mental health appointments, and how best to address this issue.


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