Perinatal Service

This is a service for pregnant women who develop severe mental health problems related to pregnancy, women with postnatal mental illness and pregnant women with pre-existing psychiatric disorders.

The SPMHS works with women with more severe mental health problems throughout their pregnancy until up to one year after childbirth.

This service works closely and proactively with maternity services to identify women who are most at risk during pregnancy and will signpost others appropriately. Perinatal services are available in East Sussex (perinatal nurse service supported by local psychiatrists) and Brighton & Hove (in partnership with maternity services), with some support available in West Sussex (a weekly clinic from Princess Royal).