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NHS cash to extend new mum mental health offer

NEW mums will benefit from national NHS funding totalling £300,000 to support specialist perinatal mental health services.

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust has secured the money to strengthen its support for mothers with their mental health in the sometimes fraught period following the birth of a new baby.

It will go towards training health professionals, extending the age of children covered by care locally, reducing waiting lists and improving the groups of patients who can be reached by the care available.

Around 12,000 babies are born in Coventry and Warwickshire each year.

Sharon Binyon, medical director at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, said: “NHS staff already provide valuable support to mothers and families at this important time, and we will use this funding to help extend these services.

“This valuable additional support will enable the NHS to extend care we offer to more babies and their parents. “Work on the bid was developed with the help of mums who have experienced perinatal services.”

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