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Mental health in pregnancy and early motherhood

Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth (this is also known as perinatal period).

Perinatal mental health is concerned with the emotional and psychological well-being of pregnant women and their child, partner and families. Women with existing or previous mental health problems are more likely to become unwell during this time. Some women with a mental health problem stop taking their medication during pregnancy due to fears about the effect on their baby. Women should discuss any concerns with their midwife or GP as stopping their medication suddenly may cause their mental health condition to return or deteriorate which can have a negative impact on their baby.

Maternal mental health problems are important, not just because of their adverse impact on the mother but also because they have been shown to compromise the healthy emotional, cognitive and even physical development of the child, with serious long-term consequences.

Having a baby is a big life event, and it's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after the pregnancy. But if they start to have a big impact on how you live your life, don’t wait, help is available and getting help early can prevent things from getting worse.

Mind

Mind is a national charity where you will find information and advice on a wide range of mental health problems including maternal mental health problems

If you have any concerns about perinatal mental health you can talk to your midwife, health visitor or your GP. Out of hours you can call 111 and in an emergency call emergency services.

 

Services available in Barnet

Service

Telephone

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Home Start Barnet

020 8371 0674  

               

admin@homestartbarnet.org

Barnet Wellbeing Hub

033 3344 9088

 

info@barnetwellbeing.org.uk

Health Visiting Teams

Childs Hill Clinic

020 8209 9141209 9141

CLCHT.CHHV@nhs.net

 

Edgware Community Hospital

 

020 8732 6410

CLCHT.ECHHV@nhs.net

 

Grahame Park Health Centre

 

020 8205 6204

CLCHT.GPHV@nhs.net

 

Mill Hill Clinic

 

020 8959 0888

CLCHT.MHHV@nhs.net

 

Oak Lane Clinic

 

020 8349 7063

CLCHT.OLHV@nhs.net

 

Torrington Park Health Centre

 

020 8492 6416

CLCHT.TPHV@nhs.net

 

Children’s Centres

East and Central Children and Young People Locality Hub

 

020 8359 3460

 

South Children and Young People Locality Hub

 

020 8359 3590

 

 

West Children and Young People Locality Hub

 

020 8359 3510

 

  

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