According to a recent report, half of all anxiety and depression cases among new and expectant mothers are going undiagnosed. The report by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) revealed that despite contact with professionals, 50% of cases are being missed. It highlighted that mental health needs are often overlooked compared to physical health during pregnancy. To address this, the report calls for an increase in midwife numbers to better identify cases of mental ill health. It is important to recognize that 10-20% of women experience mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, during pregnancy or within the first year after childbirth.
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