4 May 2021
The Trust is raising awareness of mental health support available to local mums during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (3-9 May 2021).
We provide perinatal mental health services to mums across the Trust area who have had or are experiencing severe or complex mental health difficulties during pregnancy or in the first year after they have had their baby.
The following story has kindly been shared with us by a mum who received maternal mental health support from the trust. This story is shared without any names, to protect their anonymity.
Self-referring to perinatal services
“I entered Perinatal Mental Health Services after self-referring through Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
“I thought it was the sensible thing to do as when I found out I was pregnant, I was terrified of becoming unwell again. With our son, I was really unwell during pregnancy and immediately after birth with extreme anxiety and psychosis so had been admitted to a Mother and Baby Psychiatric unit when our boy was only 6 days old.
“Hospital was great for my recovery but I didn’t want to risk being so ill again so sought help from the start this time.”
Specialist support through lockdown
“From the moment I met my support worker I felt completely comfortable. She was such a fantastic force throughout my pregnancy. She organised my Psychiatric appointments and also for me to meet the most wonderful specialist midwife.
“Even though we were in lockdown I never felt on my own because of the team.
“After giving birth I did become unwell again but I avoided hospital because of the support I was receiving. I felt so safe knowing I had some great people in my corner.”
A journey to recovery
“11 months after giving birth to our daughter, with incredible psychological intervention in the form of Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), I feel like I’m healing, not just from my traumatic childbearing times but from years of negative thoughts about myself.
“I’m changed, permanently, for the better.”
About TEWV perinatal health service
GP’s, health visitors and midwives can all refer women to the TEWV perinatal mental health service. Following a referral, if it is decided that the perinatal mental health service is suitable for them, they will be allocated a clinician who will work with them to agree a care plan to help meet their individual needs and find solutions to support them on their road to recovery.
Find out more about TEWV perinatal mental health services