Around one in four women experiences mental health problems in pregnancy and during the 24 months after giving birth. The NHS is committed to providing them with high-quality perinatal mental health care and has recently announced the roll-out of 26 new dedicated Maternal Mental Health Services.

A pilot project is currently running in east Kent called Thrive: Psychological Support for Birth Trauma and Loss.

We have been working with TONIC to conduct interviews and surveys with women and their partners who have experienced birth trauma or loss. Their input will help shape the way we roll this type of service out across other areas in Kent and Medway, to ensure these services are accessible, effective, and suitable for all.

Thank you to all who shared their experiences with us as part of this process. Further information about how we take this forwards will be available in due course.