Improving access to specialist perinatal mental health services

What are specialist perinatal mental health (PMH) services?

‘Specialist perinatal mental health (PMH) services’ provide life-saving care to women and families affected by severe or complex mental health problems during pregnancy and in the first years after birth. Services include:

    1. Specialist PMH community teams
    2. Inpatient Mother and Baby Units (MBU), where mum and baby are cared for together when hospitalisation is required.

The importance of specialist PMH services

There are clear national guidelines setting out that specialist services for women who meet the need threshold are vital. As well as providing life-saving care, specialist PMH services also:

    • Act as a catalyst for change across the whole pathway, including for women who do not meet the need threshold for referral.
    • Identify gaps in other parts of the care pathway, including for women with so-called mild to moderate PMH problems, and advocate for them to be addressed.
    • Share expertise with, and deliver training to, a range of health and social care professionals, including GPs, health visitors and midwives.

Mapping specialist PMH services in the UK

What do the latest maps tell us about the provision of specialist PMH community teams in the UK?

Sustained and coordinated efforts have led to improvements in specialist PMH service provision, as our maps show. However, it remains patchy, especially in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, where women and their families still face a tragic postcode lottery.

2019 data

Red areas

No specialist team exists

Pink areas

Some extremely basic level of provision exists but currently falls short of national standards and needs expanding

Amber areas

Some basic level of provision exists but currently falls short of national standards and needs expanding

Green areas

Women and families can access treatment that meets nationally agreed standards

Download nation-specific community maps (2019 data):

Let’s turn the map green for women and families across the UK!


Mother and Baby Units (MBUs)


1. NHS Lothian Livingston Mother and Baby Unit (6 beds) St Johns Hospital, Howden Road West, Howden, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6PP Tel: 01506 523000
2. West of Scotland Mother and Baby Mental Health Unit (6 beds) Leverndale Hospital, 510 Crookston Road, Glasgow G53 7TU Tel: 0141 211 6500


3. Beadnell Mother and Baby Unit (6 beds) Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust St Georges Hospital, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2NU Tel: 01670 501869
4. Leeds Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Mother and Baby Unit (8 beds) Temporarily relocated to Parkside lodge, 16 Stanningley Road, Armley, Leeds LS12 2AE Tel: 0113 85 55505


5. Ribblemere Mother and Baby Unit (8 beds) Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital, Preston Road, Chorley, PR7 1PP Tel: 01772 520780
6. Manchester Mother and Baby Unit (10 beds)
Andersen Ward, Laureate House, Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M23 9LT Tel: 0161 291 6829; Fax: 0161 291 6821

Please note, although located in the North East, the Beadnell Mother and Baby unit is also able to take referrals from the North West. Please see above for contact details.


7. Barberry Mother and Baby Unit (10 beds) Barberry National Centre for Mental Health 25 Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2FG Tel: 0121 3012190
8. Brockington Parent and Baby Unit (8 beds) South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation Trust St Georges Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford, ST16 3AG Tel: 01785 221560 / 01785 221554
9. Derby Mother and Baby Unit (6 beds) The Beeches Unit, Radbourne Unit, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3WQ Tel: 01332 623828
10. The Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit (8 beds) Hopewood, Foster Drive, Nottingham, NG5 3FL Tel: 0115 952 9481 ext. 12825


11. Kingfisher Mother and Baby Unit (8 beds) Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 5BE Tel: 01603 786745


12. Thumbswood Mother and Baby Unit (6 beds) Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2 Bowlers Green, Kingsley Green, Harper Lane, Nr Radlett, WD7 9HQ Tel: 01923 633880
13. Rainbow Mother and Baby Unit (5 beds) The Linden Centre, Pudding Woods Drive, Chelmsford, CM1 7LF Tel: 01245 315629
14. Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit (8 beds) Greenacres, Bow Arrow Lane, Dartford, Kent DA2 6PB Tel: 01322 622101
15. Winchester Mother and Baby Unit (10 beds) Southern Health Foundation Trust, Melbury Lodge, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5DG Tel: 01962 897711
16. Florence House (5 beds) St Ann’s Hospital, Dorset Health Care University NHS Trust 49 Alumhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH4 8EP Tel: 01202 584320
17. The New Horizon Mother and Baby Centre (4 beds) Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership and NHS Trust, Southmead Hospital, Dorian Way, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS10 5NB Tel: 0117 414 7270
18. Jasmine Lodge Mother and Baby Unit (8 beds) Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter EX2 5SN Tel: 01392 539100


19. Coombe Wood Perinatal Health Unit (8 beds) Park Royal Centre for Mental Health, Acton Lane, London NW10 7FL Tel: 020 8955 4495/6/8
20. East London Mother and Baby Unit (12 beds) Homerton Hospital, Homerton Row, Hackney, London, E9 6SR Tel: 020 8510 8420
21. Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit (13 beds) South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX Tel: 020 3228 4255


22. Uned Gobaith (‘Unit of Hope’) (6 beds – interim) Tonna Hospital, Tonna Uchaf, Tonna, Neath SA11 3LX Tel: 01639 862921


Map archive

Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Teams:

Accredited Mother and Baby Units