Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health Services in Lewisham

Supporting Information

Maternal mental health problems pose a huge human, social and economic burden to women, their infants, their families and society, and constitute a major public health challenge.  This needs assessment explores the mental health needs of women during pregnancy and postnatally, and the services that are currently available to help them in Lewisham.  Throughout the document related services will be referred to as perinatal mental health services as used by NICE.


Purpose of the Needs Assessment

  • To provide an overview of the epidemiology of perinatal mental illness in Lewisham and nationally.
  • To review the evidence and recommendations for effective management of perinatal mental illness and quality care services. 
  • To identify current service provision. 
  • To identify gaps in current service and make recommendations for local planning and strategy formulation