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Postnatal Depression

Question for Department of Health

UIN 206801, tabled on 21 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women had post-natal depression in the UK in each of the last five years.

Answered on

3 September 2014

We do not hold data on the number of women suffering from postnatal depression centrally.

Postnatal depression encompasses a range of diagnoses from anxiety and depression to the more severe puerperal psychosis, with symptoms occurring a few weeks or months after birth. Postnatal depression may be diagnosed by different health professionals such as midwives, health visitors or general practitioners seeing women in different settings and using different information systems.