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Maternal Mental Health is a team of experienced health professionals skilled in helping mothers with mental health conditions related to having a baby.

We work alongside other mental health services, including Taunaki & Te Puawaitanga (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) and Adult Mental Health.

Who Are We?

Our specialised team offers assessment, treatment and advice for women who have developed mental illness during the perinatal period (during pregnancy or up to one year after the baby is born).

Our team consists of mental health nurses, social workers, psychiatrist, clinical psychologists and occupational therapists with specialist knowledge and experience in this field.

Who Do We See?

We provide support to women who develop moderate to severe mental health conditions at the time of having a baby, alongside their family and whaanau.  We work together with the woman's midwife, GP and other agencies that may be supporting her health journey.

How Do We Help?

Mothers and babies exist as a unit – one cannot be considered without the other. We work with women, their partners and family/whaanau, as well as the services involved in their care. Our goal is to support mothers to recover from mental illness with an understanding of the unique challenges that they face; supporting a healthy relationship between mother and baby.

Treatment options are tailored to meet individual/family needs and include:

  • Education about mental health symptoms
  • Psychological therapy
  • Medication
  • Discussion of risks/benefits during perinatal period
  • Support during adjustment to motherhood / bonding with child
  • Referral and liaison to other services as required.
If you would like to talk to someone with lived experience of mental health and or addictions contact our Peer TALK phoneline on 0800 234 432. This phoneline operates between 5pm and Midnight, seven days a week, and will connect you with a trained peer support worker who will listen to your experience and help you access further help if needed. Note: Peer Talk supports adults over 18. If you are under 18 contact Youthline on 0800 37 66 33.
For more information see the Maternal Mental Health Service Brochure.
Need Immediate Help?

For urgent after-hours support please contact 0800 775 222, or phone (09) 265 4000 at any time.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, or are worried about someone, there is help available. For more information please visit the Mental Health Foundation - In Crisis?, or in case of emergency call 111.

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