In a bid to open up conversations about perinatal mental health, our South Birmingham Perinatal Mental Health team visited a local family hub in Rubery to talk to new and expecting mums.

Located at Frankley Children’s Centre, the team hosted an Emotional and Wellbeing group to support the local community, helping educate them on a topic that affects one in four new mums.

A total of 10 parents attended the session, each speaking openly about their perinatal anxieties, bonding difficulties, and birthing traumas. The group were each handed helpful resources and given guidance on the services the Trust and local community services offer. This psychological safe space allowed all those who attended to feel less alone, knowing that there are others going through similar struggles.

Kerry Govier, Team Manager and Rebecca Hamblin, Mental Health Practitioner/ Social Worker, organised the event saying:

It’s so important that we hold events like this where we can reach out to the community and break down stigmas surrounding perinatal mental health”.

Perinatal mental health problems can be difficult to talk about, but there is no shame in admitting you need help. By reaching out for support, you are doing what is best for you, and for your baby.

Please visit our website for more information on how to access our services.

Always speak to your GP, health visitor or other healthcare professional.