22 May 2024

Well Child / Plunket failing new mums' mental health: Research

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 22 May 2024
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Newly published research finds new mums are being let down by postnatal services when it comes to mental health.

Well Child Tamariki Ora is a free postnatal service which developed out of Plunket, and is now administered by Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora.

Mothers are transferred to the care of the Wellchild service when their babies are six weeks old, for four to eight home visits.

Massey University public health academics Dr Angelique Reweti, Chrissy Severinsen and Mary Breheny collected 420 stories about families' experiences with the Well Child service around the country.

Dr Reweti tells Kathryn, the responses reveal a pattern of unmet need.

Health New Zealand says the research reflects changes it is already making to the maternity and early years services.