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Category Mental Health
Resource type Briefing
Publishing body Healthwatch

Six-week postnatal checks are failing many new mothers

mother and baby

We have today warned that six-week postnatal checks – required of GPs in England – are failing many new mothers.

As part of our review of maternal mental health care, we have analysed experiences of pregnancy and post-natal care shared by 2,693 new mothers and birthing parents since April 2020. Whilst the survey participants were self-selected, their views are likely to reflect those of a significant group of recently pregnant people.