At a recent international conference at the Anna Freud Centre in London, we were reminded that one in ten children in the UK suffers from a mental health problem. The World Health Organisation provides a statistical snapshot of the financial, social and personal burden of this situation by noting that mental illness will be one of the five most common health problems faced by children in the twenty-first century. Delegates to the conference shared their professional and personal experiences of the shortfall in services for this very vulnerable group.
I was sitting recently in the café of a public library next to an ‘older mum’ who was bottle-feeding her very, very new baby. With her was an elderly lady who turned out to be the grandmother. The mother cuddled her baby lovingly, put the tiny bottle in his mouth, and started on a long explanation about why she wasn’t breastfeeding.
I don’t need to remind readers of this blog of the importance of the hour after birth for new families – that precious period so rich in opportunities for securing the physical and emotional wellbeing of the baby.
In the 2014 Reith Lecture series, Dr. Atul Gawande is looking at ‘The Future of Medicine’. His opening lecture debated why doctors fail, and raised many key issues around the health and wellbeing of the global population. One of his comments struck a particular chord with me.
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