NHS England has announced four new Mother and Baby Units to deliver more personalised care to women and babies.
The units will allow women with mental ill health to be with their babies while receiving the specialist care they need.
The four providers who will have Mum and Baby Units opening in 2018 are: Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Devon NHS Partnership Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
1 in 5 women experience mental ill health during pregnancy or up to one year after birth, suffering from a range of conditions such as severe depression, anxiety and/or postpartum psychosis.
The Mother and Baby Units will offer women with severe mental health conditions personalised in-patient care, while still being close to their families.
Chief Executive at NHS England, Simon Stevens, said: “The NHS is serious about delivering more personalised care to new mums and that includes better specialist mental health care for those who need it.
“Having a baby should be one of the happiest, most life-changing experiences and every mum should have the opportunity to bond with her baby, while receiving the care she needs and remaining as close to her families [sic] as possible”.
There are currently 15 Mother and Baby Units across England, with bed numbers being increased by 49% in existing units by the end of 2018/19.
This maternity care development comes after it was announced that an additional £40 million would be used to create 20 new specialist community perinatal mental health services for new and expectant mothers.
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