Our Perinatal Mental Health Services provide help and support for mothers experiencing severe mental illness through a programme of treatment and support in the community and in our specialist inpatient unit.
About the service
Here at Clover Mother and Baby Unit we support women experiencing serious mental health difficulties from 32 weeks pregnant up until one year post-natal.
Our team is specifically trained to support women and their families within the Perinatal period. During your admission we provide a patient-centred treatment plan which may involve medication review, psychological assessment and individual and group therapy as appropriate, Nurse-led psychological interventions, Childcare Practitioner-led interventions, and support from a Health Visitor and Social Worker.
We support in the transition from hospital to the home enviorment.
Building on periods of home leave is an essential part of the recovery process and we will work with you as a family to plan time at home and do this in a graded way having time after to reflect on what went well and any areas that were difficult. Prior to discharge, a crisis and safety plan will be completed which will include who to contact if things start to deteriorate and go into crisis.
We always aim to have a discharge planning meeting which is called a CPA (Care Planning Approach). This is a chance for MBU and community teams to all get together and feedback on how things are going and look at what support is needed at home. Providing there is consent to share, you will be invited.
What we do
Whilst staying with us, you will have your own room with a bed, wardrobe, armchair and cot for your baby. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower and we also have a lounge, dining room with highchairs, a nursery room with toys, laundry and ironing room and an enclosed garden with a play area. In addition, we have a kitchen for you to prepare feeds for your baby and hot and cold drink-making facilities for you to help yourself.
On arrival, you will be given a tour of the unit and we’ll introduce you to everyone. You’ll have a ‘named nurse’ as your main point of contact but we're all here to help. Each week you'll be invited to a ward round meeting to contribute to your care planning – we want you to have a real say in your care.
Meet the MBU Team
The MBU team is made up of lots of different roles all specialised in perinatal mental health. Staff you might come across include consultant psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, mental health nurses, childcare practitioners, an occupational therapist, a health visitor, health care support workers, an activities coordinator, junior doctors, ward manager and a ward administrator. We also have access to peer support workers, carer peer support workers, pharmacists, and a chaplain. We work together to provide specialist mental health care to help support women and their families during the perinatal stages.
Access to fresh air
You will have free access to our ward courtyard, if you wish to have time off the ward, this will be care planned with the nursing team. If you are under the Section of a Mental Health Act, your leave will need to be granted under Section 17 of the act and authorised by a Consultant Psychiatrist.
Smoking and Vaping While on the Ward
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is a smoke-free organisation which prohibits smoking on trust grounds, therefore you would need to go off hospital grounds to smoke. The trust does not consider e-Cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products as they do not carry the same health risks as smoking, therefore you are able to vape in our courtyard.
Activities on the Ward
We have an activities co-ordinator, that facilitates a variety of activities such as cooking, crafting, local walks, exercise groups and various baby activities.
Accessing the service
How to refer
We use a national referral system; referrals must be completed by Mental Health professionals, and be sent to our ward email for triage. Please contact the ward if you have any questions on this process.
If you are worried about you or your family members mental health during the perinatal period, please contact your GP for support or advice.
How to find us
Clover Ward (Mother and Baby Unit)
Out of hours
Here on Clover, we are a 24/7 service so you can contact us via phone at any time.