Understanding FertilityMar, 2020
One in seven couples find themselves struggling with fertility, so why when we talk about infertility is the conversation always focused on the female? Our Understanding Fertility special report, published in The Times, explores what can be done to change the gendered language used by medical professionals that implies female failure and inadequacy. It why miscarriage remains a taboo topic despite the 250K miscarriages in the UK each year and ways to manage the strain of IVF. The featured infographic looks at maternal mental health problems and the need for consistent and easy access to quality care and support during and post-pregnancy.
Perinatal and postnatal mental health is still very much a taboo. But with nearly half of maternal mental health problems not picked up by medical staff, and an estimated 20 expectant or new mothers taking their own lives in the UK each year, conversations need to happen early to get people the help they need. What is important is that women nationwide have consistent and easy access to quality care and support during and post-pregnancy