It is not uncommon for parents to feel estranged or detached from their babies; these problems in bonding with the baby can occur as a result complex emotional difficulties experienced by the new parents or they can be secondary to a traumatic childbirth or postnatal mental illness.
Wandsworth Perinatal and Parent Infant Mental Health Service is a specialist psychotherapy service offering consultation, assessment and treatment to new parents who are experiencing such difficulties.
The team works in partnership with the St George's Perinatal Mental Health Service (South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust). The Team includes psychotherapists and psychologists with specialist training in parent infant psychotherapy. They work with families during pregnancy up to the first year postnatally.
Women aged over 18 years, registered with a GP or an address in Wandsworth can be referred at any stage of the pregnancy. You are entitled to access the service even if you decide to book your antenatal care in a hospital outside those boroughs.
This is a secondary specialist service and new parents will be assessed for suitability before receiving treatment. If it is felt that parent-infant psychotherapy is not indicated, you will be redirected to the most appropriate service.
Referrals from GPs, obstetricians, midwives, health visitors and other primary care health professionals will be considered after discussion at the weekly multidisciplinary meeting.
The clinics are located in the antenatal clinic at Chelsea and Westminster hospital, in the Children Centres and GP surgeries in Wandsworth. We also offer home visits sessions.
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except bank holidays)
Please note this is not an emergency service. If you are in a crisis and you need urgent help, please contact your GP or the out of hours urgent advice and crisis support on 0800 0234 650 if you reside in Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster and on 0800 028 8000 if you reside in Wandsworth.
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