The Nottinghamshire Perinatal Trauma and Bereavement Service (PTBS)

silhouette of a dandylion flower The Nottinghamshire Perinatal Trauma and Bereavement Service (PTBS) offers therapy and support for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties relating to a perinatal trauma or bereavement.

The service has three pathways:

  • Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following birth trauma
  • Treatment for severe fear of childbirth - also known as Tokophobia
  • Bereavement work relating to the death of a baby or miscarriage at any stage, stillbirth, termination of pregnancy for any reason and neonatal death.


Patient information leaflet

You can download a printable leaflet about the Perinatal Trauma and Bereavement Service by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can access a mobile friendly web version of the same leaflet here Perinatal Trauma and Bereavement Service.pdf (


Who we are

We are a specialist service with a range of mental health professionals. These include Clinical Psychologists, an Art Psychotherapist, a Trauma-Informed Midwife, and a Peer Support Worker. They are all trained in working with mental health difficulties and specialise in working with trauma and bereavement in the perinatal period.

People often worry about seeking help. Some feel that their worries will not be taken seriously, or that professionals may act in a way that frightens them. We would like to assure anyone who uses our service that we are a team of professionals who are passionate about supporting and listening to people who have experiences of trauma and bereavement in the perinatal period. We work hard to ensure individuals accessing our service feel heard, validated, and supported with the difficulties they are accessing support for.



We know that trauma and bereavement in the perinatal period often has an impact on the partners of individuals too. They might also be experiencing difficulties such as PTSD, low mood, or anxiety. We encourage partners to attend an assessment with us so that we can offer information, advice, and guidance as well as signpost them to the appropriate services that can offer support.


Accessing our service

We are currently accepting referrals from professionals working in maternity services. This includes midwives, obstetricians, maternity support workers, neonatal nurses, paediatricians, and sonographers.

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Perinatal trauma and bereavement resources

Zephyr’s – Nottingham: Zephyr’s provides nurturing support for bereaved families following the loss of a pregnancy, baby or child. Based in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Sands: Sands Nottingham is part of the Sands UK-wide network of local groups, offering emotional support and practical help if a baby has died during pregnancy, at birth or soon afterwards. Support for anyone affected by the death of a baby.
Phone: 07903 977938

The Lullaby Trust: Raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.
Phone: 0808 802 6868

Tommy’s: For those who have experienced the loss of baby or those who are pregnant and want to speak to a qualified midwife for advice and signposting. Postnatal depression support. Advice on tokophobia.
Phone: 0800 0147 800

Child Bereavement UK: Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
Phone: 0800 02 888 40

Bliss: For babies born prematurely or with health conditions.  Bliss champions the right to receive the best care by supporting families, campaigning for change , supporting professionals, and enabling life-changing research.

Forever Stars - Nottingham: A Nottingham charity which offers support and aims improve care and facilities for families affected by stillbirth and infant loss. Visit their website or find on Facebook.

Daddy’s With Angels: Daddy’s With Angels are an international charity providing support and guidance to all family members affected by the loss of a child at any age or gestation and by any cause.

The Miscarriage Association - Nottingham: Support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, to raise awareness and to promote good practice in medical care. Visit their website or find on Facebook.

Miscarriage for Men - Miscarriage for Men is a platform aimed to build a community for men who have experienced miscarriage to help them know that they are not alone.

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Supports women and their families through this difficult period of their lives. The Charity provides information, education and support to medical professionals who treat early pregnancy complications.
Phone: 020 7733 2653

Birth Trauma Association - Charity that supports women who have suffered birth trauma. A team of peer supporters: women who have all experienced traumatic birth themselves and been through a process of recovery. Advice on tokophobia.



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