Perinatal mental health (PMH) problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental ill affects up to 20% of new and expectant mums and covers a wide range of conditions.

If left untreated, mental health issues can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman, the child and the wider family. Specialist PMH services provide care and treatment for women with complex mental health needs and support the developing relationship between parent and baby. They also offer woman with mental health needs advice for planning a pregnancy.

You can find out more about the NHS Long Term Plan for transformation of specialist PMH services on the NHS England website.

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LPT Perinatal Psychiatry Service

We offer assessment, treatment and support to women across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who develop severe mental illness during pregnancy or following delivery of their babies. This support is available until their babies are a year old.

Our Perinatal Mental Health Service provides a psychiatric treatment and support to women. Assessments are carried out in outpatient clinics or within the home setting. Care is provided by a consultant and a specialist nursing team.

Referral criteria

The team take referrals from healthcare professionals who are working with women who are registered with a LLR GP who are experiencing significant issues with their mental illness and are either pregnant or have given birth in the past twelve months. The team will also work with women who have an existing mental illness to offer preconception advice.

Referrals can be made through speaking to a GP or healthcare professional.

Mum’s Mind: Perinatal mental health support service

07507 330 026

Leicestershire partnership NHS Trust runs the first dedicated perinatal mental health ChatHealth text messaging service – called Mum’s Mind. This confidential service offers advice and information to support mothers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who struggle with mental health issues during pregnancy and baby’s first year.

The Mum’s Mind ChatHealth text service can provide advice on a range of issues, from sleep problems, anxiety and panic attacks to depression, psychosis, OCD and medication concerns. The service can signpost users to other support available from GPs, midwives and health visitors, psychological therapies, benefits advisors, social care providers and birth reflections.

The Mum’s Mind service is not a crisis service and does not provide general advice on baby care.

It can also help with practical advice on issues, such as mums who might be experiencing bonding and attachment issues in pregnancy and after the birth of their baby.

Family members and loved ones who are concerned about the mental well-being of a new mum during the perinatal period can also use the service to get advice and guidance.

The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a member of the perinatal mental health team within 24 hours. Outside of the working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line re-opens.

For more support from trusted NHS professionals on babies and children under 5, visit the Health for Under 5s website.

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