The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) joined parliament representatives in a roundtable discussion on the importance of women’s mental health during pregnancy, pregnancy in the workplace, maternity leave and shared parental leave on World Maternal Mental Health Day (Wednesday 1 May 2019).
The roundtable meeting aimed to discuss ways to improve health and safety at work for pregnant women, improving working conditions for breastfeeding women, better redundancy protection and the balance between working and family life in the UK.
RCM was joined by organisations including Maternity Mental Health Alliance, Work Families, Maternity Action, Fawcett Society, CBI, Aviva, and ACAS to share how they are combatting maternity discrimination and discussed how families could be supported.
Commenting on the roundtable discussion, Professional Policy Advisor at the RCM, Janet Fyle, said: “Being pregnant and having a baby can be a stressful time for many parents, without the added pressures of worrying about how to manage returning to work after maternity leave, and maintaining previous roles while juggling work and family life.
A report by RCM on women’s maternal mental health in July 2017, ‘Every mother must get the help they need’ found that 28.6 of women had suffered maternal mental health/postnatal depression and 27.5 of respondents said maternal mental health provisions were important.
World Maternal Mental Health Day was held on Wednesday 1 May 2019. Join in the discussion on social media using #MaternalMHMatters.
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