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
Most mothers and babies come to the inpatient unit to receive professional care from a specialist team 24/7 until they're well enough to be at home.
The unit is away from the usual pressures and demands you might face at home, or even the day-to-day demands of things like shopping and preparing meals. During your stay, we can give you guidance on child-related issues and help you maintain healthy routines such as regular sleep and meal patterns. We can also provide a full range of treatments that you may not get at home, such as: opportunities to talk through your difficulties with professionals, occupational therapy programmes and assistance with medication.
Whilst staying with us, you will have your own room with a bed, wardrobe, armchair and cot for your baby. Most 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.
What we do
Community-based care includes:
- advice and support over the telephone
- outpatient consultations in clinics, GP surgeries or at home
- support and guidance for an individual’s family
- and a range of therapy sessions.