The UK's health care system is falling short in supporting the mental health needs of women before and after pregnancy, a Lancet editorial states.
The piece, which calls for systematic research on perinatal mental health care, highlights new qualitative research from the UK's Royal College of General Practitioners. Based on interviews with 43 general practitioners and a survey of 1,547 women, the report details:
- Inconsistent availability of specialists,
- Unreliable system of identification and support for perinatal mental health, and
- Inadequate provider training.
All contribute to women falling through the cracks in the health care system, the report concludes.