Psychiatric deaths from suicide or attributed to physical causes: key recommendations
Guidelines for the management of women who are at risk of a relapse or recurrence of a serious mental illness following delivery should be in place in every Trust providing maternity services.
A specialist perinatal mental health team with the knowledge, skills and experience to provide care for women at risk of or suffering from serious postpartum mental illness should be available to every woman.
Women who require psychiatric admission following childbirth should be admitted to a specialist mother and baby unit, together with their infant. In areas where this service is not available then admission to the nearest unit should take place. Sufficient regional psychiatric mother-and-baby units should be developed to meet the needs of the population.
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