Doncaster & Rotherham

The Rotherham and Doncaster Perinatal Service provides a high quality service to women, birthing parents and families across Rotherham and Doncaster.

We are based at Badsley Moor Lane, Rotherham and Forest Gate Centre, Tickhill Road Hospital, Doncaster. 

The Perinatal Service accepts referrals for women and birthing parents with moderate to severe mental health difficulties who have a confirmed pregnancy, are in the postnatal period or at risk of developing mental health difficulties up until their child is 12 months old. It is hoped with future investment this will increase to 24 months of support for some women or birthing parents who have been referred later in the perinatal period and require treatment beyond 12 months.  We also hope to launch in the future an offer to Dads/partners.  We currently offer signposting to other support services to dads and partners of women or birthing parents under our care. We also accept referrals for pre-conception advice for women or birthing parents planning a pregnancy and who wish to discuss medication and treatment.

We offer the following:
  • Perinatal mental health assessment, treatment and if required diagnosis by our Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and advice to medical colleagues within other teams working with women in the perinatal period. 
  • We offer a multidisciplinary team approach where we are able to support the client more intensively and offer ‘wrap around’ care by seeing several MDT professionals as frequently as needed, including Perinatal Mental Health Nurses, Non-medical Prescribers, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Nursery Nurses and Support Workers.
  • Parent infant bond and attachment interventions including baby massage, video interactive guidance and parent infant psychotherapy.
  • Perinatal psychological treatment, so that more women/birthing people can access psychological interventions. This will include treatment groups such as a Perinatal Obsessive Compulsive Disorder group.
  • We offer specialist assessments, to support women and birthing parents as they become a parent and to manage the difficulties that arise from their experience of parenting young infants.
  • Close working with maternity services in developing trauma informed birth plans to minimise any stress and the impact on the woman or birthing parent when delivering their child.  
  • Specialist perinatal risk assessment and ‘red flags’ (e.g. ‘new and persistent expressions of incompetency as a mother or estrangement from the infant) and ‘perinatal risk indicators’ (e.g. ‘older professional women with depression who appear to be functioning at high level’).
  • Support with admission to Mother and Baby Units. The team will contribute, attend ward rounds, discharge planning, and follow up patients on discharge.
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Who commissions the service?

The service is commissioned by NHS South Yorkshire ICB. 

The service is registered with the Care Quality Commission.

We work in partnership with Light Peer Support charity.

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