The Leeds Perinatal Mental Health Service provides specialist support to women experiencing significant mental health difficulties during pregnancy and the first year following a child’s birth.
The word “perinatal” refers to the period during pregnancy and extending to a year after childbirth.
The service also provides inpatient care at the Yorkshire and Humber Mother and Baby Unit and through an Outreach Service (more on this below) that offers three care options to women and mental health professionals across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
If you are a new parent in Leeds you can find out what support there is via the Mindwell Leeds website. In this five minute video, mums from Leeds share their stories around how they felt during and after pregnancy, and how important it is to talk to someone.
If you are worried about your mental health or the mental health of a woman you know during pregnancy, or in the first year following the birth of a child, then please get in touch with us (see the Contact Us section below).
Who is our service for?
Perinatal mental health difficulties are very common and for many women it is possible for these to be managed by their GP, Health Visitor or through local counselling services. Our team will look after women with more complex difficulties or when the above services have not resolved their difficulties.
You may benefit from seeing our team if:
- You have a history of serious mental health difficulties and are planning a pregnancy or are pregnant.
- You have a family history of serious mental health difficulties such as bipolar disorder or postpartum psychosis*. These conditions may increase your risk of becoming unwell during pregnancy or postnatally.
- Your GP or obstetric team feel that you are currently experiencing mental health difficulties which would benefit from specialist intervention.
*What is postpartum psychosis?
This is a rare but serious disorder which can include changes in thinking (delusions) or unusual experiences (hearing or seeing things), confusion, severe anxiety, over-activity and changes in behaviour. It is very treatable but due to its severity admission to hospital is usually necessary.
Coronavirus update: The Leeds Perinatal Mental Health Service has moved
The Mother and Baby inpatient unit (MBU) has temporarily relocated to Parkside Lodge in Armley.
This decision was made in response to the Coronavirus pandemic as we needed to make changes to the clinical environment at The Mount. In addition, the Leeds Perinatal Community Mental Health Service and Outreach teams have also temporarily relocated their base to ensure a good continuity of service.
The service’s current full address is:
16 Stanningley Road
LS12 2HE – link to Google Maps
Our contact numbers remain the same:
Mother & Baby Unit: 0113 85 55509
Outreach Team: 0113 85 55505
Leeds Community Perinatal Team: 0113 855 5505