More women across Northamptonshire will get help to manage mental health conditions during and after pregnancy – thanks to the expansion of a successful service.
Northamptonshire Maternity Services’ perinatal mental health team provides assessment, treatment and support for pregnant women and new mums who are experiencing or at increased risk of moderate or severe mental health conditions.
The team includes two specialist midwives based at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals working closely with Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust’s specialist perinatal mental health service.
Over the last 12 months the service has provided direct care to more than 390 women and their families, as well as specialist training to 100-
plus staff – and additional funding has now been secured to extend its reach further within the county.
The new funding for perinatal mental health services will pay for:
• More training to enable to staff to deliver psychological interventions to women and their families
• Engagement with women and families who have previously used the service to develop and improve the care and
• Work to improve access to services for different communities across Northamptonshire, including black and minority
ethnic (BME) communities
• New projects with voluntary and community organisations such as parent and infant groups
• Development of peer support roles
• Specialist training for GP practices
Meanwhile an information booklet aimed at helping women to understand emotional changes during pregnancy and following childbirth has been updated and relaunched. Every pregnant woman in Northamptonshire will receive a copy of the booklet, which is being produced in different languages and includes a range of information, advice and useful contacts. More information about maternity services in our county is available at: www.northamptonshirematernityservices.co.uk.