Perinatal Community Mental Health Service

About the service

The Perinatal Mental Health Service provides specialist help and support to birthing people with antenatal or postnatal mental health problems, and to the health professionals involved in their care. The Perinatal Community Team works in close collaboration with; the Maternity Mental Health service and the Mother and Baby specialist inpatient unit (Clover Ward).

The multi-professional team consists of consultant perinatal psychiatrists, mental health nurses, psychologists and assistant psychologists, nursery nurses, peer support and carer support workers, occupational therapists, social workers, and an administration team.

We work together to provide specialist care and interventions, in the community, and on our specialist inpatient unit.

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Mental health nurse

Mental health nurses form the core of specialist mental health provision in inpatient and community settings. In addition to core nursing skills, perinatal mental health nurses have a distinctive role in assessing, collaborating and working with women who experience perinatal mental ill health.

Nursery Nurse

Specialist perinatal nursery nurses support mum and baby to form a secure bond and attachment. They also provide guidance around the transition to motherhood, how to prepare and support your baby’s social, emotion and physical development.

Rapid response nurse

The role of a rapid response nurse involves acting quickly to communicate with, and assess someone who has become unwell. They will often be the first person to make contact with a patient, particularly when a swift response is needed.

Clinical psychologist

A Clinical Psychologist supports the team with help creating psychologically informed formulations. Helping make sense of the emotional impact of the clients on the team. Offering community psychological interventions. Psycho-education workshops, therapy groups and 121 therapy. 

Social worker

The role of the perinatal social worker is to provide consultation on complex safeguarding cases for the community team, as well as leading on cases where the family have safeguarding issues that may be adding complexity. They can help families to navigate additional support that can be access through statutory services and advocating for those families when other services are involved.

Occupational Therapist

An OT helps people to adjust to the huge transition of becoming a parent, by identifying resources and developing a sense of coherence, self-compassion, and resilience. They can support patients to become more independant themselves, and with their baby. They help with the sensory needs of neurodiversity, physical health, and disability. 


A psychiatrist is a doctor specifically trained to offer assessment, diagnosis, investigation, treatment and management advice regarding a patients mental health problems. They may visit patients at home or in outpatient clinics and complete follow-up contacts in person or on the telephone.

Peer support worker

A person who has lived experience of a service and are employed to support other patients. They can draw on their own life experiences to provide useful insights for patients, share their journey and support recovery.

Carers peer support worker

A person who has lived experience of caring for someone who has accessed mental health services. They can draw on their own life experiences to provide useful insights for carers, share the journey with a patient’s carer and support them to look after themselves as well as their loved one.

Team secretary/administrator

The secretaries and administrators within a specialist mental health team perform an important role in communication between staff, patients and carers. They also communicate with other services such as GP surgeries and manage new referrals.

Attachment and Bonding

  • Baby massage
  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
  • Antenatal preparations
  • Nursery nurse led community groups 

Time-limited Therapies

  • CBT, or DBT informed therapy sessions
  • Family/couples work
  • Maternal Emotional Coping Skills, Compassionate Mind, Psychoeducational groups

Birth Planning

  • Working with midwives for holistic plans
  • Preventative work for high risk women.
  • Psychoeducation


  • Advice in pregnancy and with breastfeeding
  • Medication plans and reviews.
  • Helping make informed choices


  • Care coordination and care planning
  • Emotional support
  • Coping Skills
  • Medication support

Peer and Carer Peer Support

  • 1:1 support from people with lived experience
  • Empowering, validating and advocating for patients and carers
  • Peer support groups

Southern Health Podcasts

This link will take you the first in a series of podcasts coproduced by the Perinatal Psychology Team and the Maternal Mental Health Service.

SHP: Maternal Mental Health Matters 'What is Maternal Mental Health?' - YouTube

Drugs in Breastmilk

The Breastfeeding Network is a great resource for information on breastfeeding. This particular article covers information about taking medications and how it affects breastmilk

Drugs In Breastmilk - Is It Safe? - The Breastfeeding Network



This is our new service specific leaflet for the Perinatal Community Team. It contains lots of useful information about the service. You can view it directly in your browser, or save a copy to your own device. 

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Key links

For further information on a particular difficulty or diagnosis, please see the following links:


Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

APP (Action on Postpartum Psychosis)

Providing information and support including online forums, peer support and workshops for those affected by postpartum psychosis.

PANDAS (Postnatal Depression Awareness and Support)

The UK’s most recognised and trusted support service for families and their networks who may be suffering with perinatal mental illness, including prenatal (antenatal) and postnatal depression.

Maternal OCD 

Maternal OCD is a charity co-founded by two mothers, who have experienced and recovered from extreme perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

BUMPS (Best Use of Medicine in Pregnancy)

This website provides reliable, evidence-based, and accurate information about use of medicines in pregnancy, in the form of freely available patient information leaflets called 'Bumps'.

Maternal Mental Health Alliance

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a UK-wide charity and network of over 120 organisations, dedicated to ensuring women and families affected by perinatal mental health problems have access to high-quality, comprehensive perinatal mental health care.

Not a definitive list.

Accessing the service

Any healthcare professional or childrens services can refer somebody to the Perinatal Community Mental Health Service. To discuss a referral or request a referral form, please contact us by phone or email. This service is available to people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

How to find us

Perinatal Community Mental Health Team

Melbury Lodge

Romsey Road


SO22 5DG


Contact information

Tel: 02382 313000


Out of hours

The Perinatal Team does not have an out of hours service. If you want to talk to someone about how you're feeling, or what you're experiencing, you can contact:    

  • 111 - Mental Health Triage Service  - can be accessed by calling 111 or online at
  • Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.​​​​​ Call them on 116 123
  • Text SHOUT service. If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, text SHOUT to 85258. More information available on the SHOUT website.

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