Specialist Health visitors for Perinatal Infant Mental Health (PIMH)

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The specialist health visiting team for perinatal and infant mental health (PIMH) are part of the Children’s Health 0-19 and Head Start Service.  The team consists of two specialist health visitors and a nursery nurse.  

Perinatal and infant mental health (PIMH) is about the emotional well-being of women, their children, partner and families from antenatal to one year following the child’s birth. 

A 'perinatal' mental health problem is one that you experience any time from becoming pregnant up to a year after you give birth. 

1 in 5 women experience mental health problems during this time making it a relatively common experience.

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists webpage on Maternal mental health - women's voices

Having a baby is a big life event. It is natural to experience a range of emotions during pregnancy and after giving birth. Women may have experienced problems prior to pregnancy or develop mental health problems during pregnancy or in this postnatal period.  

Perinatal infant mental health specialist health visitors support women and their partners experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties in the perinatal period, from pregnancy through to the first year following birth.  

They focus on: 

  • Parent–infant relationship 
  • Maternal mental health  
  • Emotional containment  
  • Parental advice and support  
  • Assessment, referral and multidisciplinary liaison.