Maternal Mental Health Service engagement

We have been chosen by NHS England to design and develop an exciting new service

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What is the Maternal Mental Health Service?

Our Maternal Mental Health Service will offer additional specialised support to pregnant women, their partners and families during your maternity journey.

We will provide support for women and birthing people experiencing:

  • Tokophobia – fear of childbirth or pregnancy
  • Trauma which is impacting on your pregnancy
  • Previous birth trauma
  • Trauma relating to miscarriage, stillbirth or termination
  • Loss of a baby

And more.

How will this be done?

The team will be made up of Psychological Therapists, Specialist Midwives, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Peer Support Volunteers who will have experienced similar difficulties to you.

We will work with you to develop an individual package of care including accessing to therapy, input from a Specialist Midwife, meeting others who have had similar experiences and supporting you to access services in your local area.

Why is it needed?

An experience of trauma or loss could have a negative impact on a persons mental health during their pregnancy/maternity journey and beyond.

The new MMHS will ensure there is help offered to those who have previously been unable to access the specialist support required – due to this type of service not being available.

The aim of the Maternal Mental Health Service is to provide support to aid recovery and focus on a future with hope.

Who is involved?

working together imageThe service is commissioned by the two Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups and provided by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with support and guidance from the North West Coast Clinical Network.

How to get involved

We would love to hear the views and stories of women, birthing people, fathers,

partners and co-parents who have found part of their maternal/neonatal/perinatal experience to be traumatic.

We want to use this information to help design a new service which meets the needs of service-users and their families.

We will be very grateful for any views/experiences shared.

Please have your say by completing our survey below to help inform what happens next.


Last updated on 30 July 2021 at 13:22 by Senior communications and engagement officer N