Looking after yourself

Maternity: after your 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:

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.

New born baby boy with maternity support worker on maternity unit St Thomas'

Mental wellbeing

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.

Online support for dads with anxiety or depression can be found on PANDAS and Dads Matter UK.


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.

Parenting advice

We run parenting skills workshops for new parents.

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.

Contact us

For more information, please contact us.

Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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