02 January 2019

Members of the public are being asked to help shape a new Trust service supporting expectant and new mothers.

The Bedfordshire and Luton Community Perinatal Mental Health Service will be launched in the early part of 2019.

The team running the service want input from mothers or mums-to-be about their experience and ideas to help design a system built around the needs of service users.

Informal engagement events are being held in Luton, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire this month. Full details are available on this poster.

The service will provide mental health support to women during pregnancy and in the year after birth. Women can be affected by a range of mental health problems during that period including anxiety and depression.

It will be run by the Trust and NHS England is providing funding of nearly £1m.

“Our aim is to design and deliver a local service which provides the best possible mental health support for mums and mums-to-be,” said service lead Kara Greig.

“Any insight or experience that women who have lived experience of perinatal mental health ill health can provide would be invaluable in shaping our service.”