Our Psychiatrists work closely with the Antenatal & Postnatal Psychology Network in order to assist women and couples during conception, pregnancy and the postnatal period. Generally your GP will inform you of the most appropriate referral. However, here is further information to help you understand why you would seek the support and advice of a Perinatal Psychiatrist.
Seeing a Perinatal Psychiatrist
Thinking about trying to conceive, or being pregnant, can come with questions or concerns, especially if you have experienced previous mood disturbances or other psychiatric conditions, or if you are currently on medication.
Perinatal Psychiatrists are trained to help women manage their medication and moods with the safety and well-being of the mother and child in mind.
Our Perinatal Psychiatrists have worked with mothers and babies over decades, regularly updating their knowledge of the research and best practices in mental health management during pregnancy and the postnatal period.
Why see a Perinatal Psychiatrist
I am currently on medication and want to fall pregnant
I am pregnant and on medication and want to know if it's ok during pregnancy
I have previously experienced postnatal depression (for which I was prescribed medication) or postnatal psychosis, and I want to have another baby
I have Bipolar Disorder
I have a strong family history of Bipolar Disorder
I am pregnant and my doctor has suggested I go on antidepressants for my anxiety/depression. I'm worried about the safety of the baby
I am breastfeeding my baby and my doctor has suggested I go on antidepressants for my anxiety/depression. I'm worried about the safety of the baby
I am pregnant and have insomnia
I am struggling to sleep when my baby sleeps
My partner/family member sees that I've been acting strangely since having my baby
I am having scary thoughts
I am having suicidal thought or thoughts of harming my baby
I am feeling detached from my baby
Our Perinatal Psychiatrists see both the mental health of dads and healthy couple relationships as essential components of the well-being of mums and families. Our Psychiatrists see dads and couples to assist with these issues
Irrespective of the need for medication, our Psychiatrists stress the importance of talking therapy, using parent-infant relationship play therapy (asking you to bring your baby) to promote and enhance the relationship between parent and baby.
Support services (information and phone support)
PANDA Lifeline Suicide Helpline Parentline Kids Helpline Maternal & Child Helpline Pregnancy Birth and Baby Helpline National Breastfeeding Helpline