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Management of Women with Mental Health Issues during Pregnancy and the Postnatal Period (Good Practice No.14)


Mental illness makes a significant contribution to maternal deaths. This document highlights the role of maternity services in the early identification of high-risk women and assessment of current illness, and describes principles of service organisation for health providers to meet these needs.

COVID disclaimer

This Good Practice Paper was developed prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Version history

This is the first edition of this paper.

Please note that the Patient Safety Committee regularly assesses the need to update. Further information on this review is available on request.

Developer declaration of interests

Available on request.

Due for review on 09 June 2011