Looking after yourself
Maternity: after you baby is born
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is very important. If you have concerns and live in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Croydon you can:
- speak to your midwife or GP
- contact Crisis on 0800 731 2864
- visit your local IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
If you do not live in one of the above areas, you can still speak to your midwife or GP, or attend your local hospital.
Mental health problems during pregnancy or after having a baby are common. If you are concerned about your mental wellbeing, or your partner’s, speak to your midwife.
Find more information about feeling depressed after childbirth on the NHS website.
Postpartum psychosis is a rare but serious mental health illness that can affect new mothers. Find more information about postpartum psychosis on the NHS website.
The Institute of Health Visiting has some useful tips for looking after your relationship as new parents.
Pregnancy and parenthood can make existing problems in relationships worse. Domestic abuse is not only physical violence. It includes controlling and coercive behaviours, and emotional abuse. To get help or information, visit the NHS website.
Money and finances
The NHS website has lots of information about your rights to leave and financial support.
Home-Start supports families with a range of challenges including money issues, disability, mental health, relationship problems or multiple births.
The Lullaby Trust offers safer sleep advice with simple steps on how to reduce the risk of cot death.
Stonewall has information about parenting rights including parental responsibility and co-parenting.
Advice for partners
Our advice and resources page for partners can help you to support yourself, partner and baby during pregnancy and beyond.