The Leeds Perinatal Mental Health Service provides specialist input to women experiencing significant mental health difficulties during pregnancy and the first year following a child's birth. A variety of treatment options are available, most commonly on an out-patient basis. The service also provides in-patient care at the Yorkshire and Humber Mother and Baby Unit.
Interventions available include:
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The Perinatal Mental Health Service, The Mount Hospital, 44 Hyde Terrace, Leeds LS2 9LN
Out-patients: 0113 8555505
Mother and Baby Unit: 0113 8555509
Community nurses: 0113 8555650 Fax: 0113 8555506
The Yorkshire and Humber Mother and Baby Unit provides an in-patient environment where mothers experiencing severe mental health difficulties can receive treatment and support while continuing to care for their baby. Most women experiencing mental health difficulties will be able to remain at home and receive treatment. In some cases when a mother is severely unwell, treatment in hospital may be indicated. The Mother and Baby Unit is a small, safe friendly unit with specialist staff who work to enable mothers to recover from difficulties and return home with appropriate support.
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Who is the unit for? You may benefit from admission if:
We provide preconception counselling to women at risk of developing significant mental health difficulties during pregnancy or postnatally. This is recommended if you have experienced serious mental health difficulties such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, severe depression or previous postpartum psychosis. Even if you have been well for many months or years it is important to be aware of the possibility of relapse in the perinatal period and to discuss the options should this occur.
If you have a family history of postpartum psychosis or bipolar disorder, it is also advisable to be counselled on the risks of becoming unwell and management options.
If you are planning a pregnancy, you may benefit from meeting with a member of our team to discuss the following:
Preconception counselling takes place at the Perinatal Mental Health Service at The Mount Hospital. In most cases a single 90 minute appointment is sufficient, sometimes a follow up appointment is arranged to discuss things further.
The preconception counselling clinic provides consultation, information and advice, not ongoing care. Referral to our service for treatment may be one of our recommendations should you become pregnant.
You may wish to bring your partner to the appointment to involve them in understanding risks and treatment decisions.
With your consent we usually send a copy of the clinic letter to your GP and other relevant professionals involved in your care. They will then be aware of the recommendations and your wishes regarding treatment when you are trying to conceive or become pregnant. You will be offered a copy of any letters sent.
If you are registered with a Leeds GP practice, you can be referred for preconception counselling by your GP or Community Mental Health Team.