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Pregnant Women: Lancashire

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pregnant women in Lancashire were diagnosed with a mental illness (a) during pregnancy and (b) in the year after their pregnancy in each of the last 10 years. (125672)

The information requested is not collected centrally. The Department does not collect information about diagnoses in primary care, so information about the number of people with a mental illness, and who are treated in primary care, is not available at primary care trust, county or national levels.

However, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence issued clinical guidance note CG45 on 28 February 2007 about treating antenatal and postnatal mental health and is available on its website at www.nice.org.uk. This estimates that one in seven women experience a mental health problem in the antenatal (during pregnancy) and postnatal (first year after giving birth) periods.