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Looking after your mental health during the Covid-19 crisis if you are pregnant or a new parent

With all the news and developments around Covid-19 (Coronavirus) recently, it is a stressful time for everyone.

If you are expecting a baby or looking after a young child, you may be feeling particularly worried and anxious.
It’s important that you make sure you look after your mental health and wellbeing, especially if you are isolating away from friends and family. Support is particularly important when you or your partner are pregnant or have a young baby. Think about who you can call if you’re not coping well.

If you or someone you are concerned about are experiencing a mental health crisis

Some things that you might consider doing to support your mental health are:

  • Discuss any worries with your midwife or health visitor. Contact details will be in your maternity notes or your baby’s red book
  • If you are already under the care of a specialist perinatal mental health midwife, specialist health visitor or a mental health worker you can get in touch to discuss your situation
  • Try self-help resources such as apps, websites and books. See the resources provided below
  • Join an online support group for expectant and new parents or one that is specifically for people with mental health needs via social media. See the resources provided below
  • We've created an information sheet which you may find useful during this time.

The latest advice from the UK Government is available online.

It’s important you follow the most recent advice to keep you and your family safe and make the right decisions for your family. You can view the most recent government information here

If you have appointments with midwives, health visitors, doctors or mental health support, it is important to keep these. Some may now be offered as telephone calls rather than face-to-face. If you are worried about attending appointments in person, or unsure if they are going ahead, contact your provider to get the latest update. The Royal College of Midwives website has a list of FAQs that you may find useful.

If you are worried about your mental health, you can get in touch with a health professional such as your usual GP, midwife, health visitor or mental health worker.


Postnatal stay at home plan

The postnatal period is one of great change and transition, especially during the current climate. This plan will help you think about yours and your baby’s needs in the postnatal period ahead of time, to ensure you get the support and rest you need and
to enable you to prioritise connecting with your baby and recovering.


Useful contacts

Health visitor services

South Cumbria: 01539 718155
Lancashire (Virgin Care): 0300 247 0040
Blackburn with Darwen: 01254 585 000
Blackpool: contact your local team (see your child’s red book)

Resources for self-help

Useful online information and telephone support resources