Two in five new mothers have said they would have liked more help to cope with the demands of parenting in the first few weeks after birth, a new survey by the NSPCC has revealed.

Nearly three quarters of mothers also said they would have liked more professional advice before their baby was born on issues such as anxiety and post-natal depression, as well as advice on sleep deprivation and coping with a restless and crying baby.

The online poll of more than 500 women with babies aged under one found that more than half felt isolated with no-one to turn to.

Chris Cuthbert, the NSPCC's head of strategy and development for children under one, said: "Currently much of the focus of antenatal education is on physical health, such as the choice of pain relief during labour.

"However, we want both mothers and fathers to have access to high-quality antenatal education on the practicalities of caring for a baby that prepares parents for the emotional challenges they will face.

"This will help them cope with the impact it will have on their life, their relationships and their own well-being and assist them in being the best parents they can be."

To read what JFHC editor Penny Hosie has to say on the subject, click here 

Posted by Robert Mair on 11/5/2012