Having a baby is a big life event, and it's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after your pregnancy. But if these feelings start to have a negative impact on how you live your life, you might be experiencing a mental health problem.

This could be a new mental health problem or reoccurrence of a previous mental health problem you've experienced before. This is known as a perinatal mental health problem and 1 in 5 women experience mild to severe mental ill-health during pregnancy or after birth.

Our specialist perinatal mental health service is for women and birthing people who are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or have a baby. Women with a baby need to be referred to the service before their baby is 12 months old. We can offer support where appropriate until their baby's 2nd birthday. We care for women with serious or complex mental health needs.