New mums are to be given help bonding with their babies.
The scheme follows increasing evidence which suggests that the quality of the interaction between a baby and its parents determines how the child's mind develops.
The plans, to be published on Thursday, will see new mothers being interviewed to see how they are coping with being a parent.
It is now believed one in seven mothers are suffering from postnatal depression, which is one of the reasons a new mother can fail to respond well to a new baby.
Research suggests a baby is much more likely to have serious behavioural and emotional problems if it has a poor start in interaction with its mother.
According to the Times, all expectant mothers will be offered interviews. One will be during pregnancy and the other shortly after the a baby is born.
During the first interview nurses will try to find out if there are problems at home. This could include heavy drinking or relationship problems.