Is a lack of postnatal care causing maternal suicides?

  • 06/12/2019

This article deals with mental health problems, including attempted suicide.

New Zealand has an alarming rate of postnatal depression. Our maternal suicide rate is now seven times that of the UK.

Are our hospitals to blame? According to the charity Mothers Matter, mothers and their newborns are often being forced out of hospital before their entitled 48 hour stay period.

This lack of postnatal care is apparently having a detrimental effect on new mums and their families.

Mothers Matter members Dame Lesley Max and Chloe Wright came on the show.

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