The Perinatal Mental Health Team provides specialist care for women with mental health problems who are pregnant or in the first post-partum year, or who are considering pregnancy. The team hold outpatient clinics in a number of locations around the borough, and provides a liaison service to the maternity wards at Newham General Hospital. Inpatient beds are available at the Homerton Mother and Baby Unit. Home visits can be arranged in late pregnancy and the early postpartum period.
We accept referrals from health and social care professionals, including GPs, community psychiatrists, obstetricians, midwives, health visitors and social workers. Referrals can be made using the attached referral form and sent either by fax or email. Please note we do not accept self-referrals.
Appointments are offered after we have received and accepted a referral from a health or social care professional. If you need to re-schedule an appointment then you can contact us on 0207 363 8801 or 0207 363 8258.
Moderate to severe mental illness including severe depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychotic disorders and personality disorders.
We provide specialist outpatient and community care to women who are pregnant or in their first year after having a baby. We also provide one off pre-conception counselling to women who have a past history of severe mental illness and who are considering having a baby. Your first appointment with us will either be with one of our consultants, Dr Charles Musters or Dr Jacqueline Humphreys, or one of our nurses, Laura O’Hanlon or Nyasha Choruma. If we offer you further outpatient appointments these will usually be with Dr Musters or Dr Humphreys.
In certain cases before you give birth we will hold a pre-birth planning meeting with yourself and the other professionals involved in your care to discuss how you will be supported during and after your labour. After pregnancy then depending on the level of need you may also have home visits with one of our nurses in addition to outpatient clinic appointments.
We do not currently have a psychology service within our team but we can refer you for this if needed. We also have a specialist mental health midwife assigned to our team. We do not have an inpatient caseload, our nearest Mother and Baby Unit is based at the Homerton Hospital.