Northamptonshire is one of only ten locations in the country to pilot the new maternal mental health service, launching in the county this October.An image of a mother and child attending a maternal mental health service appointment

The service will provide assessment and psychological interventions to women who experience mental health conditions relating to the birth experience including birth trauma, fear of child birth (tokophobia) or pregnancy loss (still birth, miscarriage or neonatal death).

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), is the community provider for mental health services in the county, and has been chosen to develop and trial a Maternal Mental Health Service (MMHS) as a pilot site during 2021-22 as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

As part of the implementation of the new service, NHFT is hosting a week-long event for healthcare staff, third sector partners and our communities to understand more about this vital service.

The event provides an opportunity to attend five sessions over five days, led by clinicians and guest speakers who will discuss topics surrounding the type of care and treatment the new service will provide.

Monday 11 October – 12pm to 2pm – Understanding Baby Loss (links to recording)

Tuesday 12 October 12pm to 2pm – Understanding Birth Trauma (links to recording)

Wednesday 13 October 7pm to 8pm – Understanding Perinatal Pathways (links to recording)

Thursday 14 October 12pm to 2pm  – Understanding Fear of Child Birth; Tokophobia (links to recording)

Friday 15 October 12pm to 2pm – Supporting families through pregnancy after loss (links to recording)

Please do take the opportunity to sign up for the events by selecting the links above and registering your details. To find out more, the service can be contacted on 01604 657735.

Links to the recordings of each event will be added to this post in due course.