Welcome to Lancashire and Cumbria Perinatal Mental Health Services
What does 'perinatal' mean?
Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Between 10% and 20% of women develop a mental illness during their pregnancy or within the first year after having their baby. If left untreated, it can have significant and long lasting effects on the woman and her family.
'Perinatal' means the period of time covering your pregnancy and up to roughly a year after giving birth. It's made up of two parts:
- peri meaning 'around'
- natal meaning 'birth'
What are perinatal mental health conditions?
Women can experience any kind of mental health problems during and after pregnancy, but there are some that are particularly common or are specifically linked to pregnancy and childbirth including:
- perinatal depression
- perinatal anxiety
- perinatal OCD
- postpartum psychosis
- postpartum PTSD
If you are looking for information or support concerning maternal mental health, and particularly in relation to postpartum psychosis, we are working closely with the organisation Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP). APP’s online forum contains a wealth of discussion topics and gives you the opportunity to ask questions and learn from others’ experiences of postpartum psychosis.
APP’s website is www.app-network.org where you can read their Insider Guides and other news and information which you might find helpful.