Mental health in pregnancy and early motherhood

Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth (this is also known as perinatal period).

Perinatal mental health is concerned with the emotional and psychological well-being of pregnant women and their child, partner and families. Women with existing or previous mental health problems are more likely to become unwell during this time. Some women with a mental health problem stop taking their medication during pregnancy due to fears about the effect on their baby. Women should discuss any concerns with their midwife or GP as stopping their medication suddenly may cause their mental health condition to return or deteriorate which can have a negative impact on their baby.

Maternal mental health problems are important, not just because of their adverse impact on the mother but also because they have been shown to compromise the healthy emotional, cognitive and even physical development of the child, with serious long-term consequences.

Having a baby is a big life event, and it's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after the pregnancy. But if they start to have a big impact on how you live your life, don’t wait, help is available and getting help early can prevent things from getting worse.

Barnet Integrated Perinatal Mental Health Service support during COVID-19

For details of the service for women and their families during pregnancy and their baby’s first year during the coronavirus pandemic, please refer to the leaflet below.

Barnet Integrated Perinatal Mental Health Service support during COVID-19 leaflet (PDF 68.2KB)

Services available in Barnet




Home Start Barnet

020 8371 0674  


Barnet Wellbeing Hub

033 3344 9088

Health Visiting Teams

Childs Hill Clinic

020 8209 9141209 9141


Edgware Community Hospital


020 8732 6410


Grahame Park Health Centre


020 8205 6204


Mill Hill Clinic


020 8959 0888


Oak Lane Clinic


020 8349 7063


Torrington Park Health Centre


020 8492 6416


Children’s Centres

East and Central Children and Young People Locality Hub


020 8359 3460


South Children and Young People Locality Hub


020 8359 3590



West Children and Young People Locality Hub


020 8359 3510




Mind is a national charity where you will find information and advice on a wide range of mental health problems including maternal mental health problems

If you have any concerns about perinatal mental health you can talk to your midwife, health visitor or your GP. Out of hours you can call 111 and in an emergency call emergency services.

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