This morning I felt honoured to be welcomed into a meeting for the Perinatal Psychology Special Interest Group of the British Psychological Society.
The group aims are here
The purpose of the meeting was to look at the NICE guidelines on antenatal and postnatal mental health http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG45
As it is two years since these guidelines were produced they are due for review and we met to uncover what is missing from them and to back up or data with research evidence which has appeared since its publication.
The general attitude was that we were pleased that the guidelines had been produced as it had put the subject on a higher profile. However, there were many areas we felt were lacking.
Fundamentally we felt the main issue was that the mother was considered in relative isolation and very little importance placed on the effects on the infant, the partner and long-term effects if left untreated.
Are you involved with the NICE guidelines? What do you feel is missing?