Post natal depression helped by health visitors

Women that receive psychological support from health visitors with training are far less likely to suffer from post natal depression according to a new study from the universities of Sheffield, Leicester, and Nottingham.

The study took a look at 2,000 women after childbirth from 101 primary care teams in England’s Trent area.  The women were monitored for 18 months with 1,500 of the women receiving mental support from trained health visitors while another 767 received the normal standard of care.

All of the women in the study were depression free and six months had passed since their children were delivered.

The study discovered that those who were visited by a mental health trained health visitor were 30% less likely to suffer from post natal depression at the six month mark after delivery compared to those who did not receive visits from those with mental health training.

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