Any health professional can refer to the specialist perinatal mental health team for pre-conception advice.
Trained therapists and counsellors provide a range of different therapies through the NHS, known as IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
These provide talking therapy for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, general anxiety and worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, traumatic memories and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Parents can self-refer to all IAPT services and will be prioritised.
Specialist perinatal mental health services
If your mental health problems are severe or longer lasting, the maternity team can put you in touch with specialist mental health services.
Women in need of inpatient care for severe mental illness may be referred to a mother and baby unit. These units enable women to stay with their babies while receiving specialist care.
If you or someone you are concerned about are experiencing a mental health crisis, call 999.. Dial 999.
Mental health problems and pregnancy
Resources for partners and carers
Bonding with your baby
Eating disorders and pregnancy
Peer support brings together people with similar experiences. Your peers can:
Other sources of help and information
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