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Antenatal and postnatal mental health [QS115]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Statement: 4

Women are asked about their emotional wellbeing at each routine antenatal and postnatal contact.

Quality standard measure: The proportion of routine antenatal and postnatal contacts at which woman are asked about their emotional wellbeing by a healthcare professional.
What was measured: Percentage of women who answered 'yes, definitely' or 'yes, to some extent' to the question 'During your antenatal check-ups, did a midwife ask how you were feeling emotionally?'
Data collection end: February 2015
87%
Data collection end: February 2017
90%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. Survey of women's experiences of maternity care.

Quality standard measure: The proportion of routine antenatal and postnatal contacts at which woman are asked about their emotional wellbeing by a healthcare professional.
What was measured: Percentage of women who answered 'yes' to the question 'After the birth of your baby, did a midwife or health visitor ask you how you were feeling emotionally?'
Data collection end: February 2015
97%
Data collection end: February 2017
98%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. Survey of women's experiences of maternity care.


Statement: 7

Specialist multidisciplinary perinatal community services and inpatient psychiatric mother and baby units are available to support women with a mental health problem in pregnancy or the postnatal period.

Quality standard measure: Evidence of local arrangements to provide specialist multidisciplinary perinatal community services.
What was measured: Proportion of sites with access to a community perinatal mental health team.
Data collection end: August 2017
71%
Number that met the criteria: 199 / 281
Area covered: Great Britain
Source: The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit



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