[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]More than one in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby, known as the perinatal period. And figures show that suicide is the second most common cause of maternal death, after cardiovascular disease.

These women need specialised care and support, which only 15% of local NHS areas provide, and in the most serious cases they will need to be admitted to psychiatric units for mothers and babies, which are few and far between in the UK.

To improve that situation, NHS England is asking health leaders to submit requests for funding to set up community services to support this group of women, or improve services already set up.

It wants to be able to support 30,000 more new or expectant mums with serious mental illness each year by 2021.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Read More Here” color=”danger” size=”sm” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-file-text-o” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fhealth-37132098||target:%20_blank|” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]