Alert (Urgent)

If you are having a mental health crisis please call the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Mental Health Crisis line: 0800 145 6485

The perinatal period is the time from conception until 12 months after childbirth and is a time where women experience many physical, emotional and social changes.

In May 2022 we carried out a Perinatal Mental Health Survey. This was distributed to our service users to complete from our Leighton Hospital Maternity Unit Facebook page. We have now collaited the responses and the survey report can be viewed on the button below:

Meet the team

The Perinatal Mental Health Team consists of:

  • Perinatal Mental Health Lead Midwife - Andrea Bradbury (07775778229)
  • Perinatal Mental Health Midwife - Danielle Catanho 
  • Maternity Support Worker - Natasha Dawkins 

The team sits alongside the Enhanced Midwifery Team.

Tommy's My Pregnancy and post-birth wellbeing plan 

The following wellbeing plan from Tommy's is a 2-page plan, endorsed by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), that helps you start thinking about how you feel emotionally and what support you might need in your pregnancy and after the birth. Feel free to click on the link below, complete and put in your hand held record to discuss with those looking after you.

Sometimes your birth may not have gone as planned and you may find yourself worrying excessively about this, having flashbacks, feeling anxious and even having panic attacks. You are not alone and there is help to support you. Please see the links below for further support.

Birth Trauma Association is a charity that supports women who suffer birth trauma – a shorthand term for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth.

The Maternal Mental Health Service is a brand new service supporting local communities to access treatment and care if they have experienced or are struggling with moderate to severe mental health difficulties associated with birth trauma.

POSTER SILVER BIRCH.jpgThe Maternal Mental Health Service is a brand new service supporting local communities to access treatment and care if they have experienced or are struggling with moderate to severe mental health difficulties associated with:

  • birth trauma
  • tocophobia
  • any loss of a baby in the perinatal period

For referral information, or more information about the service, please click the link above.

 

Fathers and partners can also be affected by mental health in the perinatal period. Fathers, partners and you can self refer to the Central Cheshire Wellbeing Hub and will be prioritised for treatment.

Further resources: