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Maternal mental health

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby.

It's a common problem, affecting more than one in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners, although this is less common.

It's important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family.

More information on postnatal depression is available on NHS Choices.

If you experience any anxiety or depression during or after pregnancy, you can talk to your GP or health visitor.

There is also a free self-referral service in the borough. Visit the NELFTS website or contact your GP.

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