Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

Welcome to the Nottingham Perinatal Mental Health Service

peri meaning 'around'
natal meaning 'birth’

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.


Emotions and wellbeing in pregnancy

Emotions and wellbeing in pregnancy and the postnatal period

Being pregnant

Being pregnant... Preparing to give birth

Being with baby

Being with your baby... Becoming a mum


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.

peri meaning 'around'
natal meaning '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.



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