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System rollout for mental health service for mums-to-be

Pregnancy is celebrated as a joyous and exciting time for a woman. Yet for some women it can be anything but that.

Feelings of stress, anxiety and depression can overwhelm any positive emotions, to the extent that one in five pregnant women experience mild to severe mental health problems in pregnancy or after birth.

To support those women affected, the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System has been working with mental health provider Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and is happy to announce that its perinatal mental health service is now available across the whole system, from East Berkshire to Surrey Heath and North East Hampshire and Farnham.

The service is for any woman who is planning a pregnancy, already pregnant or with a baby under 12 months and who has more serious or complex mental health needs.

Specialists will support the mother during the pregnancy and after the birth, will work with her, her family and other professionals, help her to enjoy the experience of pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood as much as possible, and ensure she and her family have the right support and information.

Patients are referred to the service. This can be by a health or social care professional, including a GP, obstetrician, midwife, health visitor or another mental health professional who was reviewed them.

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