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Perinatal Community Mental Health Service

The Perinatal Community Mental Health Service specialises in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and therapeutic intervention for women affected by moderate to severe mental health problems in the preconception, antenatal and postnatal period.

The team consists of Community Mental Health Nurses, Nursery Nurses, a Consultant Psychiatrist, a Clinical Psychologist, and a Perinatal Mental Health Midwife.

We are a Cardiff and Vale University Health Board wide service for women of all ages who have a pre-existing mental illness or those at risk, and women who encounter problems for the first time during pregnancy, or soon after childbirth.

Prevention is our core focus, therefore the majority of our work usually begins from the second trimester of pregnancy, with the aim of promoting well-being throughout the perinatal period.

We work in close collaboration with antenatal services and Community Mental Health Teams to prevent or minimise the risk of relapse, to provide care and support to women and their families, and assist in formulating a birth-plan for women most at risk of serious mental illness around childbirth.

What we offer

  • Preconception advice, pregnancy and birth planning for women who have had a previous episode of mental illness e.g Bipolar Disorder, Puerperal /Postpartum Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Severe Depression or Anxiety, and Personality Disorders.
  • A consultation that may lead to a further assessment of treatment options which takes into account what is most important to women during pregnancy.
  • The shared development of a care plan that meets women’s individual needs.
  • A group-delivered psychological intervention that aims to build resilience in pregnancy and reduce the risk of mental health problems postpartum.
  • Evidence based psychological therapies provided on a one to one basis.
  • Planning for the postnatal period to promote wellness and prevent relapse.
  • Advice in prescribing medication for mental health reasons in pregnancy and breast feeding eg anti-depressants.
  • Supporting mothers to develop their relationship with their infant and facilitate the establishment of routines regarding feeding, sleep, play etc.
  • Support for up to one year postnatally, if the problems started during pregnancy or within the first postnatal month.

How to access the service

Access to the service for midwives and obstetricians would be a referral via our electronic email address and Community Mental Health Teams through PARIS.

The Perinatal CMHS Referral Form is available from the address below. We are also happy to be contacted to discuss referrals from others, or may advise on alternative services / signposting.

Contact

 

We are open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am - 4.30pm Friday.

Out of hours and urgent enquiries

Health Professionals

Service Users

Contact your General Practitioner.

Further Information

There are a variety of web-based resources available providing information for service users and health professionals, some of which are listed below:

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