Perinatal mental health

​​​Becoming a parent is a big life event

It's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after your pregnancy. But it's important to ask for help or support if you need it. You're likely to find that many new mothers are feeling the same way.

It can be really difficult to feel able to talk openly about how you're feeling when you become a new parent. You might feel:

  • Pressure to be happy and excited
  • Like you have to be on top of everything
  • Worried you're a bad parent if you're struggling with your mental health
  • Worried that your baby will be taken away from you if you admit how you're feeling

Around one in ten women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. This might be a new mental health problem or another episode of a mental health problem you've experienced before. These are known as perinatal mental health problems.

Baby blues should not be confused with perinatal mental health problems. Baby blues are extremely common and can be normal for many mums. You might feel tearful, anxious and emotional, this usually last just a few days. 

Perinatal Mental Health Information

The Lullaby Trust
The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies, supports bereaved families and raises awareness on sudden infant death.

Home‐start UK
Volunteers offer support, friendship and practical help to young families experiencing difficulties, visiting them at home. Local schemes.

National Childbirth Trust
We're here to support parents. We give them accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what's best for their family, and we introduce them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support.

Provide on-line health visiting support for PND and excellent information

Relate: National Marriage Guidance
Confidential counselling on relationship problems of any kind, not only marriage

24-hour confidential service for people who are in despair

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)

Information and national network of support groups for bereaved parents.

Fathers Reaching Out

Support network for fathers who have experienced postnatal depression either their own or been affected by their partners postnatal depression.


Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds is a service supporting patients 18 years + who are registered with a GP in Stoke-On-Trent.

Telephone number: 0300 123 0907 Option 2
Monday - Friday 9-5pm

Patients can self refer on the above number or a health professional can refer via telephone or by faxing a paper referral. 

The service helps to support patients with some of the following mental health problems:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • GAD – General Anxiety Disorder
  • OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Social Anxiety
  • Phobias

Therapies include Cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, guided self help and educational programmes

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North Staffordshire Wellbeing Service

This is a service for patients registered with a North Staffordshire GP.
Two centres one based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and one in Leek.

Tel: 01782 711651
Fax: 01782 632030

Patients can self refer/ refer online for a phone call back/ health professional referral via telephone or fax paper copy

The service helps to support patients with some of the following mental health problems:
  • Depression 
  • Generalised anxiety 
  • Panic attacks 
  • Agoraphobia 
  • Social Phobia/Specific Phobias 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Health Anxiety 
  • Body Dysmorphia

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Therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, couples therapy.​