Publish date: 6 October 2021

West London NHS Trust’s Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, Sarah Taha has co-authored a report for the Royal College of Psychiatrists titled ‘Perinatal mental health services: Recommendations for the provision of services for childbearing women’.

Perinatal mental health conditions affect women and girls globally, irrespective of their income. The report summarises the evidence base for the extent and impact of perinatal mental disorder and opportunities for intervention.

The report outlines a number of recommendations including establishing an integrated perinatal mental health pathway across all health and social care services so that people using the services, their families/support network and all professionals, know what should be expected at any point along a women’s journey of care. This will help ensure that there is a consistent and coordinated response.

West London NHS Trust is proud to have launched the Maternity Trauma and Loss Care Service (M-TLCS) jointly led by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) in partnership with the NW London Local Maternity System (LMS). The M-TLCS will help around 350 women each year access specialist support.