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Perinatal mental health

Having a baby is a big life event. It's natural to experience a range of emotions during pregnancy and after giving birth. But if any difficult feelings start to have a big effect on your day-to-day life, you might need extra support for your emotional well-being and mental health. It might be the first time you’ve felt his way, or you might have had similar difficulties before.

Perinatal mental health

Mental ill health during pregnancy or after the birth of a baby is common. This may be feeling low or tearful or it may be a serious mental health need.

Women and/or their families who have concerns regarding the woman's mental health should consult their GP, midwife, health visitor or other health professional. They can advise on the most appropriate service to help and make a referral if needed.


Perinatal Services

Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust: 

Nottingham City perinatal services for mothers and their babies are based at Green Haven, part of Hopewood. This includes the Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit providing inpatient perinatal services, and community perinatal services. 

We provide treatment and support to women experiencing problems with mental illness from 13 weeks pregnant until their baby is one-year-old.

Perinatal service website

Healthy Little Minds leaflet

Healthy Little Minds - Information leaflet for parents/carers


Parent Infant Relationship / Healthy Little Minds

Adapting to life with a baby is a challenge for every parent. Sometimes things don’t happen as you thought they would. All babies are unique and individual just like their parents. Learning how they communicate will help to build a special relationship. The team will help to build strong relationships between parents and their new baby. 

Healthy Little Minds can be accessed if you feel you need support with: 

  • Bonding with your baby
  • Understanding your feelings towards your baby
  • Improving your relationship with your baby
  • Have experienced difficulties in pregnancy, a traumatic birth or a previous loss 

And if you: 

  • Are 20 weeks pregnant or have a child under 2 years
  • Live in Nottingham City

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Open House

We run drop-in peer support groups for those experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD, or any other mental health / emotional difficulties during the antenatal or postnatal periods. 

Peer Support Drop-in Groups 

This group runs fortnightly on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) 10am -12 noon; At The Vine Community Centre, Bobbers Mill Road, Nottingham NG7 5GZ. No booking required.

Open House Website


Mind are a charity who support people living with Mental Health challenges or people who are supporting those who are experiencing difficulties. 

They provide information and advice for women, their partners and their family on Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health.

Mind website

Pregnancy In Mind (PIM)

Supporting parents with their well-being, to help build a positive bond with their baby 

Becoming a new parent is a time of change. You might feel stressed or lonely, or maybe something just doesn’t feel right. But you don’t have to go through this alone. We can help. Pregnancy in Mind is a six week group work programme focused on mindfulness, relaxation, coping strategies and boosting your mood. Mums-to-be, dads-to-be and partners are all welcome. If you have any questions please give us a call or e-mail us using the contact details below and we’ll be happy to answer them. 

NSPCC Midlands Contact: [email protected]

Phone: 0115 960 5481

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