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Nice: mothers-to-be at risk of mental health problems need more support

Vulnerable women planning a child should receive guidance on how pregnancy could affect their mental health, says report

Women at risk of mental health problems or with existing conditions should receive more support at every stage of pregnancy and after childbirth, according to new guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). They spell out how doctors, nurses, health visitors and midwives should help pregnant women, new mothers and those who lose babies deal with mental health issues.

The guidelines come a fortnight after the bodies of Bristol woman Charlotte Bevan and her baby daughter, Zaani Tiana, were found in the Avon gorge after Bevan went missing from a maternity hospital, though they are not being issued in response to the tragedy.

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