Perinatal Mental Health Inquiry

Closed 24 Nov 2021

Opened 2 Nov 2021

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The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking a short inquiry into perinatal mental health in Scotland.  

Perinatal mental health problems are mental health problems which occur during pregnancy and up to one year after a child’s birth. In most cases, mothers are the most impacted. However, these mental health problems can affect all caregivers and family members. Impact of the COVID pandemic may have increased mental health issues for all caregivers. 

The aim of this inquiry is to explore the key issues facing new mothers during pregnancy and following the birth of a child that can impact mental health. It will consider aspects such as new mother care, breastfeeding support and specialist training. It will also consider the mental health impacts of bereavement from miscarriage and the death of an infant.  

The inquiry will also explore opportunities for perinatal mental health services in Scotland over the next five years and make recommendations for Scottish Government to help support new parents. 

The call for views will be available on Citizen Space, an online consultation platform. The call for views will close on 24 November 2021.   

What does the Committee want to know?  

  • How can the Scottish Government improve perinatal mental health services in Scotland, both in the short term and over the next five years? 

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on the mental health of new mothers and the support available to them during the perinatal period?  

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on the mental health of those who have experienced the death of a baby, and the support available to them?  

Individuals who have been affected by perinatal mental health issues will be able to provide confidential information to the Committee. 



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