Jasmine Lodge - Mother and Baby Unit

Jasmine Lodge - our Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) is a specialist inpatient perinatal mental health unit for mothers and babies from 32 weeks of pregnancy up to one year after birth. It is a brand new purpose-built unit which opened in May 2019 and has capacity for eight mums and their babies.

Jasmine Lodge includes an open-plan living/kitchen/dining area, activity rooms, baby-centred spaces, en-suite bedrooms, a purpose built office space, landscaped gardens and extra facilities for supporting families including two apartments for visiting family members.

Our team

Our team consists of a perinatal psychiatric consultant, occupational therapist, clinical psychologists, a ward manager, deputy managers and a team of experienced mental health nurses, social workers, support workers, peer support workers and nursery nurses who care for the mums and their babies during their recovery. The team is supported by an experienced admin team.

What we do

We work closely with the local perinatal and community services and the MBU Outreach Team to ensure mums and babies get consistent care before admission, during their stay and after discharge.

During their stay mums will have the opportunity to get involved in the following:

  • Psychological therapies on an individual, couple or parent-infant basis.
  • Mother-infant groups such as baby massage, sensory play or practical parenting.
  • Support to work towards goals identified with our occupational therapist.
  • Sessions with peer support workers.
  • Activities including mindfulness, relaxation, arts and crafts, baking and community outings.

Mums have twice-weekly reviews to ensure we monitor how we are all working towards their goals before discharge.

We have worked successfully with a number of mums, babies and families and have received good feedback from the mums who had been admitted to the interim MBU.

How to refer to our service

Referrals to the MBU are made through the MBU outreach service by phoning the team on:

In office hours call 01392 539100 and ask to speak with the outreach duty practitioner. If unavailable please ask for the ward manager  or deputy ward manager.

Out of hours call 01392 539100 and ask to speak to the nurse in charge.

Cornwall referrals

In office hours call the Cornwall Perinatal Mental Health Team on 01872 221031.

Out of hours call Jasmine Lodge on 01392 539100 and ask to speak to the nurse in charge. 

Useful resources

Development

The development of Jasmine Lodge included involvement at all stages from women and families who had used the service, NHS trusts and other organisations from across Devon, Somerset and Cornwall to ensure the needs of families from those areas are taken into account at every stage. 

Dr Jo Black, NHS England’s Associate National Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health, describes the difference the opening of a new Mother and Baby Unit in Devon has made to service users in the South West.

Jo (pictured above) experienced perinatal mental ill health following the birth of her daughter Summer. She was admitted to Florence House Mother and Baby Unit in Bournemouth, far from home and her family. After her recovery, she worked with our Perinatal Team to bid for a new MBU and identify what support new mums with mental health issues need.

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When I arrived at the Mother and Baby Unit I really didn’t believe I would or could get better and here I am, six weeks later, a completely different person, and that’s because of all the help and support you have all provided.

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