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Advice for patients who are pregnant

If you are pregnant and have questions or concerns about coronavirus, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has produced a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and videos. These cover topics such as birth partners, scans, early pregnancy, coronavirus testing and self-isolation. If you still have any concerns please do discuss these with your local Perinatal Team.

We are a specialist multi-disciplinary team providing assessment and treatment for women who are pregnant or postnatal who are at risk of, or are affected by moderate to severe mental health problems.

We provide expert advice to women considering a pregnancy if they have a diagnosed mental health problem, who are on medication for their mental health or have experienced a previous significant postnatal illness.

We offer evidence-based treatments in a way that is best suited to each person, their baby and family. Mental health concerns are not uncommon during this time but they are known to respond well to care and treatment.

We currently see women during pregnancy who are receiving their antenatal care at the following locations: 

We accept postnatal referrals for women living in Devon (excluding Plymouth). There is a local perinatal service in Plymouth. They can be contacted on 01752 268011.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

We aim to see women, routinely referred within four weeks. We will prioritise urgent referrals and offer appointments sooner. Usually an appointment will take around one to one and a half hours. You are welcome to bring someone with you to the appointment if you wish to do so.

What can I expect from the service?

We provide a specialist perinatal mental health assessment which includes asking you about your current thoughts and feelings, a review of your mental and physical health, as well as the current or potential impact these may have on your pregnancy or postnatal period.

We will work collaboratively with you to identify an appropriate treatment plan. Our aim is to promote wellness in pregnancy and where indicated develop plans for the postnatal period to prevent relapse.