The Perinatal Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) provides specialist input to women experiencing significant mental health difficulties during pregnancy and the first year following a child’s birth.  We also work to minimise the risk of relapse in those women who are currently well but who have a history of severe mental illness.

 NHS England’s National Mental Health Director, Claire Murdoch, said:

“Mental ill health doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to anyone at any time and it disrupts life not just for mums but the whole family, which is why we are absolutely committed to driving forward improvements in care and ensuring this important area of mental health continues to get the attention it deserves.”

The Perinatal CMHT in Staffordshire is an expanding and developing service that includes doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, nursery nurses, peer support workers, clinical psychologists and health care support workers as well as administrative support.  A new team is also in the process of being set up that will offer support to women in Shropshire.

What are perinatal mental health conditions?

Women can experience any kind of mental health problems during and after pregnancy, but there are some that are particularly common or are specifically linked to pregnancy and childbirth including:

  • Perinatal depression
  • Perinatal anxiety
  • Perinatal OCD
  • Postpartum psychosis
  • Postpartum PTSD

If you feel that you need help from the perinatal CMHT, please speak to your GP, midwife or health visitor who can refer you to the service as needed.

Mental Health Perinatal (Community) Contact Details

Wendy Hallows, Service manager

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Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Headquarters, St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3SR

E-mail: enquiries@mpft.nhs.uk 

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0300 790 7000
(staffed 24 hours a day, every day)

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