The life expectancy of women in the most deprived areas of England is falling, new research has revealed. Previous research has shown those in more affluent areas have a greater life expectancy than those in poorer ones, but researchers have found the gap is widening, with experts saying lives are being lost to preventable and treatable diseases as a result of rising poverty.
It is thought at least 10% of new mothers experience postnatal depression, and figures could be higher as surveys have shown many women do not seek help or are not asked about their mental health after having a baby. But recent studies have suggested that new fathers might experience depression at similar rates, and that such depression might affect various developmental outcomes for children as is thought to be the case for new mothers with postnatal depression.