Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health Service
What we do
The Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health Service supports women who are receiving antenatal care at the Royal, who have birthed at the Royal within the last year and live within the SESLHD, and parents whose babies are in the NICU.
Women supported by the Psychology Clinic may be referred for a range of issues common in the perinatal period including adjustment to pregnancy and parenting, perinatal anxiety and depression, and support in the development of a secure mother-infant attachment. In the past year, over 50 women have come through the service. The Perinatal Psychology Clinic is unique in that women are able to access regular long-term psychology support from pregnancy up until their baby turns one.
How to access this service
If you have any inquiries about the Psychology Clinic or are interested in consulting with one of our Psychologists, we encourage you to reach out to your midwife for more information. You can also ask to speak to the Perinatal Mental Health CMC who will discuss your concerns with you and can refer you to our service and/or other perinatal mental health services within the hospital.
Useful websites and other information
Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that provides support, information, and resources related to mental health and emotional well-being during the perinatal period (from pregnancy to the early postnatal period). COPE offers a range of services, including online resources, helplines, and educational materials, to support individuals and families dealing with perinatal mental health issues.
This Way Up offers online treatment programs for perinatal mental health designed to teach practical skills to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period.