Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Team

For women and their families in Southern Tasmania

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Contact the Perinatal Infant Mental Health Team on 03 6166 0460

Mental Health in the Perinatal Period

The perinatal period

  • The perinatal period is the time during a woman’s pregnancy and the following year.
  • Pregnancy and early parenthood can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging.
  • While mental illness can happen at any time, women are more likely to experience stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions during the perinatal period.
  • Sometimes women experience difficulty bonding with their baby, due to a range of factors.
  • Depression occurs in 10% of pregnant women and up to 15% of mothers in the first year after their child is born.
  • 20% of women will experience anxiety.
  • Depression and anxiety often occur together.

Source of statistics: Austin M-P, Highet N and the Expert Working Group (2017) Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period: Australian Clinical Practice Guideline. Melbourne: Centre of Perinatal Excellence.

Why me?

  • Mental illness can happen to anyone. It is important to know how to recognise the signs and seek help early.
  • Certain life factors can make it more likely that you will experience mental illness in the perinatal period.
  • Talking with your health professional can help with the early detection of symptoms and ensure support is available.
  • There are effective prevention strategies and treatments for mental health problems for you and your family, and we are here to help.

Our team considers the whole health of your family. We take into account the emotional, physical, spiritual, social, cultural and environmental aspects of family life to provide the best outcomes for you and your family.

The first years of life are important for the future health and wellbeing of your child.
Every parent wants to give their child the best possible start in life, and keeping well
during the perinatal period is an important part of achieving that.

Source: Austin M-P, Highet N and the Expert Working Group (2017) Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period: Australian Clinical Practice Guideline. Melbourne: Centre of Perinatal Excellence.

How do I access support?

Speak with your GP or other health professional about your feelings. They will discuss the best referral or treatment options available, based on your needs.

Access to our service is via a referral.

We take referrals from:

  • General Practitioners
  • Midwives
  • Obstetricians
  • Child Health Nurses, and
  • Social Workers.

Our service is here to assess and support you. We provide information and education, as well as treatment for you, if required.

Our team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, and nursing staff.

Treatment options include:

  • medications
  • psychological therapies
  • assessment and intervention for mother-baby relationship issues
  • referrals to and liaison with a range of community-based organisations.

Our team works closely with other services, General Practitioners, hospital staff and Child Health nurses to ensure comprehensive care is provided for you and your family.

More Information to assist you

For support or advice contact:

  • Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636
  • Parenting Line - 1300 808 178
  • Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia - 1300 726 306

For urgent help 24/7 phone:

  • Lifeline    13 11 14
  • Mental Health Helpline  1800 332 388

Mobile Apps:

  • Mind The Bump
  • SMS4Dads
  • What were we thinking

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