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NI 'needs mother and baby mental health unit'

An appeal to establish a dedicated Mother and Baby Perinatal Mental Health Unit will be delivered to the Nothern Ireland health minister later.

Individual women, charities and other organisations will hand over a public letter urging Robin Swann to act.

Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK which has no dedicated in-patient service for women with serious post-partum mental health issues.

The units admit mothers with their babies so that they can be with them.

About 70 women a year in Northern Ireland are admitted to hospital with post-partum psychosis. The health minister approved some funding for perinatal mental health last year. However, no decision has been made on in-patient services.

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Source: BBC, 10 October 2022


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