Our Service is made up of two teams:
The Nottinghamshire Perinatal mental health team (Including the community perinatal mental health team and the Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit): Supporting women and their families with mental health difficulties who are planning to conceive, are currently pregnant or have recently had a baby.
The Nottinghamshire Perinatal Trauma & Bereavement Service (PTBS): Supports women and their families who have experienced mental health difficulties relating to trauma and loss in the perinatal period.
Having a baby is one of the most significant points in a woman’s life. It has huge impact physically, emotionally and socially (relationships, finances, employment, housing).
It can be an exciting period but also a very challenging time.
It is common for pregnant women and new parents to feel overwhelmed and experience anxiety, worry, depression, stress and confusion. It is natural to have many different feelings, sometimes you may need some extra support.
Please read the resources below that talk about preparing for a baby, becoming a mum and emotional changes in pregnancy.
Perinatal psychiatry is the branch of psychiatry. It provides treatment and support to women experiencing problems with mental illness during pregnancy and following their baby’s birth.
Pregnancy and postnatal period is the most vulnerable time for women in terms of their mental health. More so than at any other time in their lives. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of women. It can present in a variety of different ways. Without appropriate treatment and support it can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman and her family.