Mental health and pregnancy

What are perinatal mental health problems?

A perinatal mental health problem is one that you experience any time from becoming pregnant, up to a year after you give birth. Having a baby is a big life event. It is natural to experience a range of emotions during pregnancy and after giving birth, but if you any difficult feelings start to have a big effect on your day-to-day life, you might be experiencing a perinatal mental health problem.

This may be a new mental health problem, or an episode of a problem you’ve experienced in the past. For more information, visit

We have a dedicated Perinatal Mental Health Lead Midwife,  Liz Payne who with the Milton Keynes Perinatal Mental Heath Service run by CNWL to support you along your pregnancy journey.

We have launched the Milton Keynes Maternity Trauma and Loss Care Service (MK-MTLC) to support you with any psychological distress you may be experiencing as a result of severe fear of childbirth, birth trauma or baby loss. Our inclusive and compassionate team of phycological practitioners and midwives are dedicated to helping alleviate suffering and distress by offering specialised assessment and treatment. We will also provide advice and signpost you and your support network to other services within the local area.

If you are concerned about your thoughts, feelings or behaviour, you should seek help and advice.