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29 October 2001


New Postnatal Depression book highlights problems facing 100,000 new mothers each year
The problem of postnatal depression (PND) that affects 100,000 new mothers annually is investigated in a new book produced by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA)
Postnatal depression and maternal mental health, a public health priority is a compilation of the latest research by health professionals and academics which was discussed at the first conference staged by the CPHVA’s PND and Maternal Mental Health Network this summer.
National Director for Mental Health in England, Professor Louis Appleby, writing in the foreword, said: ‘Postnatal depression and maternal mental health are among the priority areas for the government as it tackles health needs and inequalities.’
He said that that the CPHVA initiative to highlight developments in this area is "commendable and supports government policy".
The book is aimed at health visitors, midwives, GPs and mental health professionals who help and counsel the 15 per cent of new mothers who experience the various forms of postnatal depression.
Copies are available from McMillan Scott, 6 Bourne Enterprise Centre, Wrotham Road, Borough Green, Kent TN15 8DG. Tel: 01732 884023 email:
Price: £5 for CPHVA members/£7.50 for non members.


Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union