The Cost of Perinatal Mental Health

The Cost of Perinatal Mental Health

Author: LSE Centre for Mental Health

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This resource is the executive summary of a comprehensive report into the costs of perinatal mental health problems to the healthcare system in the UK, estimating that it costs a total of £8.1 billion long term cost for each one year cohort of births in the UK or £10,000 per birth.

The majority of these costs derive from adverse impacts on the child. Services are also identified as being patchy despite consensus on best practice and the report highlights the required minimum spend of about £400 per average birth would be likely to represent value for money as even a modest improvement in services would not only benefit patients – both mothers and children – but bring down costs to the healthcare system.

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