The Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) functions as a state-wide authorised inpatient treatment centre for acute psychiatric conditions in the postnatal period.
A part of the Women and Newborn Health Service, the Mother Baby Unit is located adjacent to King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women (KEMH).
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The Mother and Baby Unit
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Women and their babies 0-12 months may be admitted to the inpatient program if they have significant mental health problems following the birth of a baby such as severe depression, anxiety or a psychotic illness such as a bipolar mood disorder or schizophrenia.
The eight bed, free-standing unit is situated in Subiaco within the campus of the Women and Newborn Health Service. It includes:
Women who have one or more babies aged 12 months of age or younger and have moderate to severe mental health problems that severely impacts on or inhibits their level of functioning and/or ability to parent are eligible for referral to MBU. Moderate to severe mental illness in this sense includes an Axis I diagnosis of:
Women and their baby/babies will only be admitted if they are medically clear from infection diseases and illness and/or are a minimum 48 hours clear of symptoms of recent illness.
Substance abuse and alcohol use is NOT tolerated on the ward and women with substance and alcohol dependence will only be considered for admission following completion of withdrawal and detox. Women requiring admission to MBU who are experiencing drug or alcohol dependence will be required to complete a detox program prior to admission and link in with an ongoing recovery program.
Women are expected to bring their baby/babies under the age of 12 months to stay at MBU during the time of their admission. As MBU provides services for both the mother and baby it is unable to accommodate women without their baby/babies.
Referrals are accepted from any medical practitioner or health professional. Those from the community that have not yet been assessed by a mental health professional or GP may be redirected in the first instance.
Please note that MBU is not responsible for the management of the patient upon receiving the referral. However MBU will be responsible for responding appropriately to your referral by adding your patient to the waiting list or suggesting other more appropriate sources of support.
When there are no available beds MBU will prioritise referrals with medically urgent admissions taking priority. For example: Women with severe mental health problems and who are breast feeding young baby’s are a high priority for admission.
The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is involved in all aspects of the patient's assessment and treatment meeting daily to discuss treatment direction and progress.
The MDT consists of the following members:
Assessments are carried out at the time of admission and treatment programs are tailored according to need. Most patients will require medication or other medical treatments for their illness.
Patients are expected to take part in the recommended daytime programs whilst inpatients.
Visits and overnight stays at home or with family are scheduled as part of discharge planning to ensure a smooth transition home after discharge.
At the initial assessment, management options will be discussed. This may include:
All patients are expected to take part in the day program which includes:
If you wish to ask for more information about the unit please call (08) 9340 1799.
MBU is not a crisis care service therefore MBU cannot be responsible for responding to acute or crisis situations. If you require urgent acute or crisis intervention please contact MHERL 1300 555 788 or your nearest hospital emergency department.