Perinatal mental health services

Perinatal mental health services provide psychological and psychiatric care for women in childbearing from conception to 12 months post-natally.

Mental illness in pregnancy and after delivery is common: more than one in ten women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year of having a baby.

The NICE guideline for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health recommends that all pregnant women and new mothers suffering from or at risk of developing a mental illness should access specialist perinatal mental health services.

The vast majority of women with a perinatal mental illness can be treated in the community by their GP and Talking Therapies or through specialist services. But some women may need admission to a Mother and Baby Unit. Download a copy of the Pan London Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) Admission Procedure 

What perinatal mental health services do we offer

CNWL provides a range of services offering perinatal mental health care in community, maternity and inpatient settings through a coordinated multidisciplinary specialist approach across maternity, primary and secondary care, tertiary specialist services, social care and voluntary sector.

Inpatient perinatal mental healthcare

Community Perinatal Health Service


Perinatal mental health care animation from WLMHT on Vimeo.

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