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Re: New here, caring for my fiances mental health

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:15 pm
by Sally_17031
Hi David

Good for you for trying to get some help in place. Your midwife might be a good starting point to access some additional help for your partner? I have a memory that my midwife when I had one of my kids was undergoing some specialist training to support people with mental health issues. I wonder if that exists in your area? Go along to the midwife appointments with your partner and ask about what additional support they can give her. I think at the very least the midwife will want to see you more frequently than is normal. They should be able to refer you on to mental health services if there is a problem. Maybe also see if you can contact the health visitors who will look after the baby's welfare once the baby is born it is, they are often based out of your local GP surgery.

Another thought is contacting the National Childbirth Trust? They might be able to point you in the direction of specialist services in your area for mother's with mental health problems?
Helpline (0300 330 0700)
For practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood including help with feeding.

Good luck to you. It is an exciting time and your baby will be here before you know it.

XX

Re: New here, caring for my fiances mental health

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:15 pm
by David_1709123456
Thank you for the lovely messages of support. it really means a lot. it has all come about rather quickly as physical issues mean that my fiance would have had greater difficulty having a baby in the coming years. Unfortunately my fiance can not breast feed due to health issues but as she has a young nephew and a mum that works in childcare we have lots of support for when bubba gets here. We have reached out to the midwife who has arranged a referral to the peri-natal mental health team so hopefully we will get some good support through them. My fiance has encouraged me to re-join the local hockey club so i have a weekly training session to get some time to myself, which i feel really good about, she really is trying her best to support me in having a social life and took it upon herself to arrange a weekly dinner night with her mum for when im training. We have been keeping our ears to the ground on ebay and facebay etc for bargains. (Got a lovely travel system from a friend of a friend that hardly been used) plus hand me downs from friends and family so its really good to know we can pick and choose what we need to get new.