Maternal mental health service

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We are a specialist service supporting women and birthing people who are experiencing birth related fear, trauma or loss.

The Maternal Mental Health Service (MMHS) focuses on:

  • birth trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • moderate-to-severe Tokophobia (fear of childbirth)
  • baby loss including miscarriages, IVF failure, stillbirth, or neonatal death.   

We offer psychological assessments and evidence-based psychological therapy from two dedicated Clinical Psychologists.  We are here to support women with more complex needs, and those who may not qualify for perinatal mental health support (PMHT).

We are able to see women who are outside of the perinatal time period (conception to 24 months after birth). 

Appointments can take place in a clinic, online or at home.  We try to see women in a convenient location wherever they feel most comfortable, however for trauma work it is often better for therapy to take place away from their home, and for babies not to be present.  

All referrals are screened daily and screened jointly with the perinatal team, to decide which service is most appropriate.  If the referral is not accepted, we will liaise with other services such as Steps 2 Wellbeing to ensure that access to some support is available.

The MMHS and the PMHT work closely together, so that women can be transferred smoothly between the two teams or can access both teams simultaneously if needed.

To access the service, please speak to your GP or other health professional and ask them to make a referral on your behalf. 

Maternal Mental Health Service - Patient Experience Survey

We would love to hear about your experience with us as this will help us to improve the service. To share your experience, please complete the patient experience survey.

Referral process for health professionals

Referring is easy. If you are a health professional or social worker(GP, midwife, health visitor, mental health clinician etc.) simply fill out the the online referral form here: Perinatal (

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