Perinatal mental health care pathways were published in May 2018. These set out the policy drivers and strategic context for transforming perinatal mental health care, as well as pathways to deliver transformation. The guidance provides services with evidence on what works in perinatal mental health and case studies of positive practice.
The Perinatal Mental Health outcomes implementation manual focuses on good practice examples, tools, tips and information to help specialist PMH services embed appropriate perinatal mental health outcomes measures at a local level, using outcome measures which are already in the Mental Health Services Dataset.
New information leaflets for mothers and their families were released in November 2018 by Royal College of Psychiatrists. Written jointly by perinatal psychiatrists, women with lived experience of perinatal mental illness, and their partners, they provide details on what services are available and how to access help. Access the following online:
- What are perinatal mental health services?
- Information about mother and baby units
- Help for women and their partners to understand what ‘safeguarding children’ means
- The use of lithium in pregnancy and breastfeeding
- The use of antipsychotics in pregnancy and breastfeeding
- The use of valproate in women and girls who could get pregnant
- Postpartum psychosis – information for carers
- Perinatal OCD – information for carers