Perinatal Mental Health



Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) was identified at an engagement event as a priority for stakeholders across Yorkshire and the Humber(Y&H). 


Progress to date

Y&H PMH Care Pathway: completed and disseminated.

Nationally:  We now have full coverage from Community Perinatal Specialist Services across Yorkshire and Humber.

Yorkshire and the Humber Maternity Clinical Network provided multidisciplinary PMH Champion Training, delivered by the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), in each of the STP areas in March 2017.

Health Education England: Link with HEE in Y&H. Approval of an accredited PMH training module at Hull University commenced Spring 2017.

PMH Network. The network continues to support the development of services, the forging of professional relationships and its work to reduce inequalities in service provision across the Yorkshire and Humber.


Next Steps

Literature review: A review was undertaken to look at the evidence base for the project and identify key documents and best practice.

Development of Y&H PMH Service Provision Questionnaire: A questionnaire was sent to maternity providers, health visiting teams and commissioners to inform the SCN of the current service provision in Y&H.

Stakeholder Workshop: Y&H CN Perinatal Mental Health workshop took place on the 5 February 2015 attended by guest speakers from the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and Hull University/Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. With 67 attendees and evident engagement the event was a success.

Establishment of a Y&H PMH Task and Finish Group:  This group agreed the scope and objectives for the work going forward.  Providing support and advice to commissioners and provider organisations in order to develop and improve PMH services. The group agreed to become the Perinatal Mental Health Network Steering Group on the 10th July 2017.

iHV Train the Trainer Perinatal Mental Health package delivered to 60 candidates across Yorkshire & Humber (March 2017)

How to write a perinatal workforce plan document created, circulated, and made available on the website.

MaBIM Scoping completed across Yorkshire & Humber and the results were fed back at an event in May 18.

A Network Event was held in July 2018 to bring together the established Community Specialist PMH teams, the Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) and the newly appointed Community Specialist Teams.



This group holds quarterly meetings, for details please contact Anna Downward-Fletcher ( or Anna Sebine (


Useful links




Talking about mental and emotional health during pregnancy and postnatal care

Mental health effects everyone. We all have times when we feel down or stressed. Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into a more serious problem. This can happen to anyone.

Pregnancy and the first year after having had a baby is a really important time for your mental health. As part of your routine care through the NHS, your health care providers should be considering your emotional wellbeing as well as your physical health. There are specialist services in place to support you during these times should you need them.

We would like to gain an understanding of your experiences and recollections of the conversations about your mental health and emotional wellbeing with midwives, health visitors and GP’s during the antenatal and postnatal period. We would like to gather this information in order to identify and learn from good practice and to identify areas for improvement that may impact on the prevention or identification of mental ill health and/or access to specialist services, as well as reducing stigma.

This survey is for women who are currently pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months in Yorkshire & Humber. If a question does not apply to you, please leave it blank. The survey is completely anonymous.

We would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete this survey your insight is valuable and will help us improve future services.

Experience of mental health questions asked by Midwives, Health Visitors and GP's