The Community Perinatal Mental Health Team specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and short-term treatment of women affected by a moderate to severe mental health illness in the preconception, antenatal and postnatal period. The team promotes wellbeing during pregnancy, prevention of relapse and assists with birth planning.
Who is the service for?
The service is for pregnant women with a pre-existing mental illness or those at risk, and women who encounter problems for the first time during or after their pregnancy. We are a countywide team that works with women of all ages, across a range of significant mental health difficulties.
What we offer
The perinatal team will provide a community service to support woman experiencing mental health difficulties related to pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood.
- Preconceptual advice, pregnancy and birth planning for women who have had a previous episode of mental illness
- A consultation that may lead to a further assessment of risk and treatment options
- An assessment that takes into account what is important to you during your pregnancy
- The shared development of a care plan that meets your personal needs, always keeping the needs of the baby in mind
- Evidence-based interventions to address attachment issues that may arise as a result of mental ill health
- Bespoke packages of care and support for up to one year postnatally
- Planning for the postnatal period to promote wellness and prevent relapse
- Advice in prescribing medication for mental health reasons during pregnancy and breast feeding eg anti-depressants
- Information about other services
- Evidenced-based psychological interventions.
Who is in the team
The service is currently delivered by a range of community professionals including; Perinatal Psychiatric Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist as well as administrative support. We are an experienced team, specialising in perinatal mental health.
How can I get referred?
Referrals can be made through your Midwife, Health Visitor, GP or other mental health services.