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Perinatal Mental Health Service

The perinatal mental health service for Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham provides specialist assessment, care and treatment for women who have a current or previous severe mental illness. You can be referred to the service if you are planning a pregnancy, pregnant or have given birth within the past year.


Contact us

Ealing 

Tel: 0208 354 8180
Email us:
wlm-tr.PNMHEHHF@nhs.net

Hammersmith & Fulham 

Tel: 0203 313 3033
Email us:
wlm-tr.PNMHEHHF@nhs.net

Hounslow 

Tel: 0208 483 1525
Email us:
wlm-tr.PNMHEHHF@nhs.net


About the service

Most women who have mental health problems in pregnancy or after birth will get better with help from their GP and/or talking therapies services (IAPT) and support from voluntary sector services, friends and family. If you are not getting better despite this help, or if you have current or previous severe mental health problems, you might need to be referred to the perinatal mental health service.

Who we are


What do we offer?

The care and treatment we provide depends on what you and your family need. The sections below tell you what we offer at different stages:

I'm planning a pregnancy

I'm pregnant

I've recently had a baby

How can I access the service?

What if I’m already under the care of a mental health service?

What happens after I have been referred?

What will happen at my first appointment?

Who should attend my appointment?

What if I am not sure about what’s happening with my care?

Confidentiality and Information Sharing


Information for professionals

We accept referrals from any professional including GPs, midwives, health visitors, obstetricians and mental health professionals.

Referral guidance

How can I refer to IAPT (talking therapies) services?


Becoming a parent

Becoming a parent is one of the biggest life changes you will ever experience. It is important to remember that there is no ‘perfect’ way to give birth or to be a parent. Every baby and every parent is different, so it can take time to work out what is best for you, your baby, and your family

How might I feel?

What will I have to do to look after my baby well?

Feeding

Breastfeeding support

Will I need support


I need help with

Useful information about certain mental health conditions 

Anxiety

Birth Trauma

Depression

Eating Disorders

Bipolar disorder and other psychotic illnesses 

Postpartum Psychosis

Personality Disorder 


Top Tips on staying well


Relationship support

Becoming parents brings many changes to your relationship. It can make you feel closer or it can lead to more arguments and conflict. It can be hard to find time to be together as a couple as you juggle work and family life. You may not understand each other’s experience when one of you goes to work and the other is at home all day with your baby. There can be changes in your sex life. You may feel jealous that your partner is giving your baby more attention than you. You may not agree about all aspects of parenting. It’s important to try to support each other and to get help for any relationship difficulties.

What can help

Relationship Counselling

Single Parents

Domestic Abuse

Other resources


Talking to your children about parental mental illness

Parents often tell us they find it difficult to talk to their children about their mental health difficulties.
Some parents also worry about how their mental health might affect their children. However, we know that if children do not have the information they often fill in the blanks. Talking openly provides them with the facts and reduces the anxiety that comes with uncertainty.  It is important to bear in mind the age of your children when deciding how much information to give them about your mental health.

There are a few things you can do to help your children understand your difficulties and reduce any impact your mental health might have on them:

Honest communication

Notice changes in mood or behaviour

Encouraging and supporting their experiences

Have a plan

Helpful resources:


Help for new dads and partners

Having a baby brings many changes and challenges not only for mothers, but for fathers and partners too. Supporting a new mum with a mental health problem can be worrying and stressful. Fathers and partners may also have their own mental health problems.  

Help for dads and partners supporting a mum with mental health problems

Resources for supporting women during and after pregnancy

Can dads get Postnatal Depression?

Why might new dads experience mental health problems?

What can you do if you are a new dad feeling low, anxious, or struggling to bond with your baby?

Resources for fathers and partners


Additional resources 

Other helpful links

Download a printable version of this section here


Perinatal Positivity 


Care Opinion 

Read what some of our service users have said about us.
Have we made a positive impact on you? Why don't you leave your opinion and let people know about our services.

"I felt cared about and included so if things slipped I would be caught. I didn't feel so alone with the service and was able to learn that my thoughts and feelings were normal; where I would have been too afraid to verbalise otherwise + glad to receive credible feedback"


“I wasn't judged. My mental health was taken seriously. I didn't feel a burden. My thoughts, feelings and emotions were listened to, I didn't feel alone. At the end I can say I'm proud of the person I've become, I'm thankful for all the help I've received."


"Thank you very much for the wonderful care, guidance and encouragement, wonderful advice and especially your kindness. It was a strength for me"