The Perinatal Mental Health Service is available to women who receive maternity care at Western Health at both Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Bacchus Marsh Hospital. We provide assessment, management, ongoing psychological intervention and group parenting programs for women in the perinatal period, up to 6 months postnatally, who present with varying psychiatric and psychological challenges including but not limited to:
Significant emotional distress around pregnancy, birth and postnatal care
Antenatal and/or Postnatal Depression
Anxiety (including panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder)
Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Postpartum Psychosis
Adjustment to parenthood
Psychological preparation and support for perinatal medical procedures
Pregnancy related grief and loss
Suicidal thoughts and/or risk of harm to self/others
Referrals are only accepted internally and patients can speak to their midwife or obstetrician about being referred.
Some helpful web links for mothers, fathers and families.
Joan Kirner:Ph: 8345 0692Fax: 8345 4053
Bacchus Marsh:Ph: 5367 9165Fax: 5367 8223