Maternal mental health pathway published by the Department of Health


A number of mental health issues can affect mothers, their babies and their families. This new guidance from the DH provides a pathway to help professionals support mental health and wellbeing, from pregnancy through the early months after birth.

The pathway is primarily aimed at health visitors but will also be useful for midwives, mental health professionals, those working in general practice and the third sector.

The 8-page PDF pathway:

  • Sets out the benefits and principles for health visitors, midwives, specialist mental health services and GPs working together in pregnancy and the first postnatal year, as the basis for the detailed local pathway to meet the physical and mental health and wellbeing needs of parents, babies and families
  • Builds on good practice and evidence drawn from the professions
  • Outlines the challenges and potential opportunities
  • Endorses the practice of joint working and encourages an integrated approach to service delivery


Maternal mental health pathway (PDF). Department of Health, 9 Aug 2012.

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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