International Women's Day 2016

The RCOG is celebrating International Women's Day 2016 with a day of discussions and workshops on the theme of 'Joining up care in maternal mental heath'.


  1. As many as 10–20% of women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or in the first year after delivering their baby. Women with a history of mental health problems are at significant risk of relapse during pregnancy, particularly if they stop taking their medication.

  2. Despite these alarming figures, almost half of UK pregnant women and new mothers have no access to specialist maternal mental health services. Furthermore, since only 3% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have a maternal mental health service strategy, an enormous number of women and their babies are at risk.
  3. Maternal mental health services have been allocated an additional £75 million over the next 5 years, offering us an opportunity to improve the care we provide.
  4. At the event on 4 March, organised by Professor Lesley Regan – Vice President of Strategic Development, RCOG, and Dr Liz McDonald – Chair of Perinatal Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists, expert speakers will provide insights into the challenges experienced in providing effective, joined-up maternal mental health care.
  5. Photos from the day can be found on Flickr
  6. A fantastic International Women's Day event this year at the RCOG - a big thank you to all of our speakers and attendees