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Perinatal Mental Health

We acknowledge that having a baby is a life changing event within a family unit including Dad, children and grandparents. It is normal to experience a wide range of emotions both positive and negative during your pregnancy, birth and up to your child being one year old. Sometimes, parents feel it can be really difficult to talk openly about their feelings. Parents may feel pressured to be happy or excited, that you have to be really organised, worried about parenting, fear that your baby could be taken away if you show how you really feel, sleep deprived and isolated.

This service refers to your mental health during this time and offers 1-to-1 provision to support you through this journey.


You as a parent can experience any kind of mental health problems during and after pregnancy, but there are some that are particularly common or are specifically linked to pregnancy and childbirth such as:

* Perinatal Depression - experienced during pregnancy or after child birth

* Perinatal Anxiety - experienced during pregnancy or the year after child birth. Some women experience a particular fear/anxiety around child birth. It's less known that women experience anxiety during this period. It is common however for women to experience depression and anxiety together.

* Perinatal OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Is a type of anxiety which has two main parts, obsessions (intrusive thoughts, ideas or urges that repeatedly appear in your mind), compulsions, (repetitive activities that you feel you have to do)

* Postpartum Psychosis - is serious but rare, it can be a frightening experience for you can your loved ones. But with the right help most women fully recover.

* Postpartum PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) - a traumatic or difficult birth may leave you with physical problems, however, the emotion relating to the after affects can last for some time.

* Eating Disorders - if you have an eating disorder (or one in the past) you might it challenging or difficult when your body starts to change and get bigger as your baby starts to grow. However, some people find that their symptoms improve. The main two eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia.

Managing an existing mental health problem?

If you or your partner become pregnant, planned or otherwise it's important to recognise how this can impact your mental health and how you can effectively manage this time. Whatever the situation, becoming a parent is a stressful time for anyone. Remember, babies don't come with instructions!

What happen's now?

This service is specifically for families who if at any point concerned about how this life event will affect their mental health.

Nhs Looking After Your Mental Health

How Can I Refer?

Contact your nearest centre to self-refer, discuss with your midwife, GP or health visitor.