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Our new eight-bed Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) is due to open at the end of January 2019. This specialist inpatient unit for new mothers with serious mental health problems will ensure mums and their babies can stay together while the mother receives care for conditions such as severe postnatal depression, serious anxiety disorders and postpartum psychosis. It will accept women in late pregnancy (who require acute psychiatric inpatient care) and until the baby is one year old.
A range of therapeutic services will be available including medication, cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, along with help with bonding and attachment.
Trained peer support workers – people who have personal experience of perinatal mental ill health – will also offer support and practical help.
The MBU will complement NSFT’s new Perinatal Outreach Team. The service cares for pregnant women and new mothers with serious mental health difficulties, as well as providing support for the rest of the family.
News of the opening of the MBU has been welcomed by a mum who received crisis care with our Trust when she suffered postpartum psychosis following the birth of her son. Read about her experience here.
Where will the Mother and Baby Team be based?We are delighted to start recruiting into this fantastic new team, which will be based in a newly renovated unit on the Hellesdon Hospital site on the outskirts of Norwich. It is set in attractive grounds surrounded by woodland, easily accessible by car or public transport with free parking, an on-site gym, research facilities and extensive library and training facilities.
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So who are we looking for to be part of creating this new and innovative service?We’re looking for people who enjoy working in fast-paced and busy environments, forging excellent working relationships with other health professionals across both mental health, midwifery and health visitors and beyond. The roles will include peer support workers, nursery nurses, care support workers, a social worker, occupational therapist, as well as qualified nurses and doctors.
A bit more about usNorfolk and Waveney Children, Families and Young People's (CFYP) service is unique and aspires to address the issues raised by the children and young people's mental health and wellbeing taskforce. Over the past 24 months, CFYP has seen expansion and growth in existing and new services such as Early Intervention in Psychosis and Perinatal Community Mental Health service. Our CFYP services continue to thrive and innovate nationally. The service was recently awarded £3 million to develop the Mother and Baby unit and is one of four in the country commissioned by NHS England.
How can I find out more?We have held two awareness sessions, however if you missed them, the presentation is included here: Mother and Baby Unit awareness session