Preparing for, and adjusting to, life with a new baby is stressful. One in five women suffers from some form of mental illness in pregnancy or after childbirth but early treatment may prevent or improve long term outcomes.
The Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) provide inpatient assessment and treatment for women experiencing mental illness during pregnancy or following the birth of a baby. At the MBU, babies stay with their mothers, allowing a mother to access treatment in a nurturing and supportive environment without being separated from her baby.
The multidisciplinary team consists of a consultant psychiatrist, a senior clinical psychologist, a social worker, a clinical nurse manager, nursing/midwifery staff and mothercraft nurses.
If you or your family are concerned about your mental health, and would like to be referred to the MBU, speak to your GP, mental health practitioner or child health nurse. The MBU accepts referrals across the state from various health professionals. Referrals are considered by the MBU team prior to admission. If the team feel that an admission to MBU will not be helpful for you, other treatment options will be recommended.
Referrals can be made by contacting MBU 6458 1799.
Further information about the Mother and Baby Unit is available for download.