As part of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, Action on Postpartum Psychosis are launching information resources about postpartum psychosis (PP) to be shared at antenatal classes across the UK.
A YouGov survey carried out by APP in 2021 showed that only 6% of expectant parents were given any information about postpartum psychosis at their antenatal classes. We believe this must change. We know that rapid access to specialist perinatal treatment supports the best outcomes for both mum and baby, and that getting help quickly can save lives.
In 2022, we worked closely with families affected by PP and antenatal class providers. We continue to build the case for antenatal education on PP through the real stories of women, partners and families. Our stories show that lack of awareness of PP has led to shock, trauma, delays in seeking help - and for some, tragic and preventable loss of life.
We surveyed over 160 antenatal education professionals to find out what the barriers are to talking openly about postpartum psychosis in antenatal classes. Professionals have shared their views with us about what they need from APP to feel confident in giving this information to expectant parents. 88% of respondents said they do believe PP should be discussed in antenatal education which is hugely encouraging!
APP have developed tailored resources for antenatal classes to explain what postpartum psychosis is, how to seek help, and to offer reassurance of recovery. Our resources will support antenatal class providers to give this vital, life-saving information to all parents.
Postpartum psychosis can affect any mother or birthing person from any background, so we will continue to campaign beyond 2023 and we aim to evaluate how many expectant parents are being given this information on a yearly basis.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2271 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 22nd - 23rd February 2021. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).