Maternity Experiences in UK policing

Duddin, Keely and Wright, Kendal (2023). Maternity Experiences in UK policing. In: Perinatal Mental Health and Policing Life Conference, 18 Jan 2023, Manchester, UK.


This conference, hosted by Greater Manchester Police, aimed to raise awareness and drive change around perinatal mental health as an important wellbeing issue within UK policing. Perinatal refers to the time period of pregnancy to one-year post-birth. Mental illness is sadly common in this period - for both pregnant women and new mums (estimates around 1 in 5) and their partners (estimates around 1 in 10) – with conditions including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychosis. Whilst for some individuals this may relate to a prior mental health diagnosis, many individuals experience complications for the first time in this period. To date, there has been little research on the intersection between this issue and employment.

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