Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital to protect our mental health services

We need the work done for mental health at the Liverpool Women’s hospital.

Some people with mental health issues get pregnant and some pregnant people develop mental health problems

Post-natal depression and depression during pregnancy also occur

It’s a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners, although this is less common

More serious problems can also just occur after giving birth but there are treatments if women get help

“A child’s first relationship, the one with his mother acts as a template that permanently moulds the individual’s capacity to enter into all later emotional relationships” (Schore, 2002).

At Liverpool Women’s hospital there is a dedicated clinic “This is a weekly clinic for women with a history of significant mental health problems. The service is staffed by a consultant obstetrician and specialist midwife, a consultant psychiatrist and two psychiatric nurses.”

“LWH has an award winning Perinatal Mental Health Team. Working with other partners in the city, they provide support, advice and special care packages for women with a whole range of mental health problems   our Perinatal Mental Health team has broken new ground and become a ‘beacon’ by establishing a mental health team within a maternity trust. We work closely with Merseycare Mental Health trust to ensure that women with mental health problems have support, before, during and after pregnancy.

Our maternity unit is one of few in the country to provide this specialist service

Mental health problems made life so difficult, even unbearable for many people who deserve all our compassion and support. For a woman to suffer in that way at what should be a happy and important milestone is heart-breaking and as a Trust we are glad that our team is leading the way in supporting such women.”

Kathryn Thomson – Chief Executive – 22 May 2012

The shortage of midwives impacts on women’s mental health

“Midwives also say that there is often not enough time to give women all the information they would like to about postnatal care. It was found that only a third of midwives and maternity support workers said they had enough time to review the postnatal care plan with women. The RCM argues that the care being offered cannot possibly be expected to meet women’s needs when there is not even enough time to discuss what these needs might be”.–rcm-/83992


Liverpool has great poverty in 2016. Depression and misery is a great risk for mothers who struggle to make ends meet and some who are better off. Undue stress on the mother can affect the baby’s long term health.



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