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The report - Perinatal Mental Health in Wales - which calls for the re-opening of a specialist Mother and Baby Unit in South Wales alongside greater support for mothers across the country, has been published today (Tuesday 17th October 2017).
Mind Cymru has been calling for better inpatient support for mothers in Wales for several months, and gave evidence to the Children and Young People’s Committee.
Simon Jones, Head of Policy and Influencing at Mind Cymru, said:
“We welcome this very thorough and comprehensive piece of work by the committee, and the recommendations it has made. It is especially important that the committee is recommending re-establishing a Mother and Baby Unit in South Wales, and we’re pleased it also recognises the need for an ‘All Wales’ solution.
“We feel it is important that Welsh Government looks at the perinatal mental health system in Wales – and recommendations relating to training, investment and data collection for the service as a whole are key. In particular the voices of those who have experience of perinatal mental health problems, and the system as a whole, need to continue to be heard in how the service develops.
“We look forward to the Welsh Government responding to this within the coming months as urgent action is clearly needed.”Mental health services