Maternal Mental Health / Emotional wellbeing of parents

Advances and research in neuroscience have recognised the importance of early neural development, highlighting the interdependence between parental mental health and the development of the baby brain (Institute of Health Visiting-IHV).


In health visiting we realise the importance of bonding and attachment between mother and her unborn baby. A mother’s feelings and thoughts towards her unborn baby are important to the neurological development of the baby. The perinatal emotional health/wellbeing and mental health of all families is a public health priority.

                                                                                mother and baby

Bonding and attachment between mother, father and baby is just as important too.

                                                                              father and baby

After having a baby a mother's hormones can be up and down as you adjust to a new lifestyle with your new baby. Health visitors understand this happens sometimes so we support mothers as well as fathers during the antenatal period (from 28 weeks gestation), to birth and until the baby is a year old. Due to COVID-19 we are currently providing support in a different way by phone. If you feel low in mood, you are not sleeping well or not eating please call the service for support and advice.

Please click here to view a video which offers support on low mood and anxiety.

For further support, please contact the duty desk number 0300 300 1813; Mental Health Direct 0300 555 1000 or Talking Therapies on 0300 300 1554 option 3.