The service supports women with mental health difficulties during pregnancy and up to one year after the birth of their baby. This may include women who have a previous history of serious mental health difficulties or women who are experiencing mental health difficulties for the first time.

We support women who are:

  • antenatal and postnatal (up to when the child is 1 year old)  with mental health concerns.
  • discharged from an inpatient stay (either MBU or adult acute) in a mental health setting who are pregnant or in the first six months postnatal
  • experiencing bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis, other psychoses and severe non-psychotic disorders, who can safely be managed in the community,
  • identified in pregnancy who are at risk of a recurrence or relapse of a psychotic or serious/complex non-psychotic disorder, whether they are well or unwell at referral
  • with the above disorders requiring pre-conception counselling

Our aim is for an improvement in maternal mental health, and/or prevention of deterioration, whilst promoting the care and developing relationship with the infant (and unborn child).

Our multidisciplinary team is made up of doctors, nurses,occupational therapists, nursery nurses and psychologists. A member of our team will initially meet with you to assess your mental health and consider which service can best meet your needs. For some it will be appropriate for you to receive treatment and support from our team. For others it might be more appropriate for us to provide advice and sign post you to alternative services.

You will be allocated to a named professional who will meet with you regularly to plan your care and treatment, and to help you create achievable goals towards your recovery.

You will also have access to our experienced community nursery nurses who can provide advice and guidance on caring for your baby. We will work closely with you, your family and other professionals involved in your care. One of our psychologists may meet with you if it is felt that you may benefit from psychological support, such as talking therapy.

The Key Principles involved in the delivery of service:

  • Inclusive – for all women living in the designated catchment areas.
  • Comprehensive – providing medical, nursing, psychological and social care in a community-based setting.
  • Integrated – all components of care including access and discharge are integrated in a seamless fashion.
  • Appropriate and flexible – ensuring that woman have timely access to the right level of care
  • Ensure rapid treatment of the maternal mental illness whilst promoting the care of and developing relationship with the unborn or infant.

The perinatal team have a referral form. GP’s, Maternity services and Health Visitors can refer via our Emergency services e.g. EAS, MHAS and SPOA. Secondary mental health services, IAPT, Mother and baby units, acute wards and Specialist Midwives can refer directly to the team via our email address.

The team aim to see ladies within 1/2 weeks for urgent referrals and within 6 weeks for routine referral.

All ladies referred to the service will be contacted within the week of referral to be booked in for an initially assessment with a Doctor or a Clinician.

The team are based at

Dorothy Pattison Hospital

Alumwell Close

Walsall

WS2 9XH

Telephone: 01922607000 or 01922607807

Email: Bchft.perinatal@nhs.net