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BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6327 (Published 23 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6327

UK perinatal mental health services are poor: Perinatal depression, anxiety, and psychosis cost society £8.1bn (€10bn; $13bn) for each one year cohort of births in the United Kingdom, a report has found.1 Most (72%) of this cost is related to the adverse effects on the child. Less than 15% of healthcare and social services provide the level of recommended treatment, while 40% provide no care. Around £340m would bring NHS services up to the scratch, the report said.

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