New mental health hub for pregnant women in Lincolnshire

Pregnant and new mothers will soon be offered more support with issues such as birth trauma and anxiety as a new maternal mental health center opens in Lincolnshire.

The county has received funding to establish one of 26 national maternal mental health centers, bringing together maternity services, reproductive health and psychological therapy under one roof.

According to the NHS England, the centers are part of its commitment to improve access to psychological support for women before, during and after pregnancy.

There will be new nationwide support for women who have suffered a birth trauma or loss, as well as expectant mothers who are afraid of labor with what is known as toophobia.

The center will complement existing services and provide women with psychological support from a range of staff, including a specialist mental health midwife.

The clinics will also provide training for maternity staff and midwives to further develop the maternal mental health services offered in Lincolnshire.

Jodie Lindley, Mental Health Services Manager for the LPFT Mental Health Community, said, “Pregnancy and motherhood are unique experiences, and perinatal mental health issues that arise during pregnancy or in the 24 months after having a child can be up to one affect in four women.

“Our Maternal Mental Health Center will enable us to provide more professional support across the county and improve the quality of care and outcomes for many women.”

Sue Jarvis of Better Births Lincolnshire said, “The service expansion described builds on existing work to improve perinatal mental health care and is a welcome step towards realizing the ambitions set out in the NHS long-term plan.

“We worked with the team to support women and their families across the county.”

The service will be part of the county’s Better Births program with the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) and the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).

It is to be hoped that the extended service will be available from winter 2021 after the hiring of new employees.

To gain access to the NHS Perinatal Mental Health Services in Lincolnshire you can speak to your GP, midwife or health visitor.

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