Perinatal Mental Health Team
This team works to prevent, detect and manage mental health problems that complicate pregnancy and the postpartum year. The overriding goal is to prevent admissions to acute mental health wards by intervening with care and support to keep them safe, well and at home.
The community-based team comprises psychiatrists, a psychologist, perinatal mental health nurses, a specialist midwife, family support workers and a team secretary. They work closely with midwives at Derriford Hospital and community colleagues caring for women who become unwell for the first time during and after their pregnancy, and those who have had past experiences of mental illness.
It also supports women supported by our community mental health colleagues who are planning a pregnancy and those who are currently pregnant or have babies up to the age of 12 months.
Referrals can be made by any professionals or services within the Plymouth area who are supporting women around the time of childbirth where there are concerns about their mental wellbeing.
If admission to an acute unit is thought necessary, the team supports the woman and her family through this, and also provides support for up to 12 months after the birth following assessment of postnatal mental health by the nurses.
Perinatal Peer Support
Livewell Southwest also offers perinatal peer services to support women experiencing low level perinatal mental health issues in accessing support from other women who have been through similar experiences and issues.
The programme has been co-designed with service users and women with lived experiences, offering support, information and friendly advice. both virtually and face to face
The face-to-face group meets every Wednesday, 10am-12noon at Four Greens Wellbeing Hub in Whitleigh Green.
An additional face-to-face group will launch on Friday, 18 June, 1pm-2.30pm at the Rees Centre Wellbeing Hub in Plympton.
Virtual groups take place every Monday, 10.30am-11.30am via MS Teams.
For more information about the Peer Support Group, or to sign up, please email [email protected]
MumsConnect, a confidential text service offering friendly peer support to mums who might not feel ready to join the peer support groups.
MumsConnect is provided by ChatHealth which is also used by Livewell’s Health Visiting and School Nursing Services.
Unlike those services, MumsConnect won’t be able to provide medical advice, but peer supporters may be able to signpost you to more appropriate services.
More information will be shared closer to the launch of MumsConnect.
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