Bromley Perinatal Community Support team
The Perinatal Community Support Service looks after mums to be, new mums and families who are likely to, or are experiencing, problems during the perinatal period – the time during pregnancy and the first year after a birth.
South East London Mind has been working with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Perinatal Mental Health Service since July 2016 to provide timely access to care and treatment for women experiencing severe mental illness during pregnancy and the first year after childbirth (the perinatal period).
The team provides specialist support to avoid relapse and reduce admissions from women with a high risk of mental illness, including women with a previous post-partum psychosis or bipolar affective disorder as well as serious depressive illness.
The Perinatal Community Support Service, which is managed by Fiona Newman, only accepts referrals from the Perinatal Team to work collaboratively with these women, their families and other professionals to offer:
- Advocacy or advice to women and their families relevant to their situation.
- Individual, person-centred planning to identify and achieve their personal goals.
- Support with resilience-building, so that women can manage their own mental health when feeling overwhelmed.
- Encouragement with engaging in the local community by attending groups through the children centres and other community-based services and resources.
- Signposting and referrals to other services and groups, including peer-run, mums’ support groups.
“A service like this is like gold-dust”Mindful Mum
“Everyone at Mindful Mums is really honest about their struggles. No one is trying to be the Mum of the Year. Being a mum can be really isolating and lonely, and a service like this is like gold-dust”