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Support services

Preconception referrals

Any health professional can refer to the specialist perinatal mental health team for pre-conception advice.

 

Psychological therapy

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.

Lancashire

 

Merseyside

 

If you or someone you are concerned about are experiencing a mental health crisis, call 999.. Dial 999.

Other support and information

 

Mental health problems and pregnancy

 

Resources for partners and carers

 

Bonding with your baby

Becoming a parent

Click here for these resources:

  • Why bonding matters
  • Bonding before birth
  • Understanding baby’s states
  • Ideas for early interactions
  • Tips for sleeping and soothing.

 

Eating disorders and pregnancy

Peer support

Peer support brings together people with similar experiences. Your peers can:

  • Support you and listen to how you’re feeling
  • Offer empathy and understanding
  • Share experiences, information, suggestions for self-care and support options

 

Other sources of help and information

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