After Giving Birth

Who can you expect to see after having your baby

Once you get home, there can be some anxiety about the unknown but aftercare is available from:

  • Your Midwife – who will see you through your first 10 days but also has a responsibility to you for up to 28 days after the birth
  • Your Health Visitor usually stays actively involved until baby is around 4 months old but is available to parents as a point of call until the child goes to school. She can also do home visits if parents find it difficult to access clinics due to mental health issues. Parents are able to contact them if they are concerned about their mental health or that of their partner or if they have concerns about any aspect of their child’s development.
  • Your GP is there throughout – for any concern

Parents are often worried about discussing their feelings or concerns about their mental health with a professional for fear of being judged as failing or not coping. This can lead to the fear that their children may be taken away. It is therefore important to emphasise that this is usually not the case and professionals work together with the family to support them staying together and staying as a family unit. It is usually in the best interest of both the child and the mother to stay together.

Support Groups

We have been working closely with Pentreath an award winning mental health charitable organisation to recruit, train and support volunteers who have been running a fabulously successful support group at the Children’s Centre in Falmouth. 


This group has now come to an end.  From the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust we want to say a big thank you to the volunteers who committed valuable time and energy in setting up and maintaining these support groups to help and inspire the mums involved.

News & events


County Perinatal Services Expand following Funding Boost

After successfully obtaining additional funding from NHS England, the Perinatal Mental Health Service has expanded significantly and is now able to offer a more enhanced service across Cornwall. Mandy Raywood, Specialist Perinatal Team Leader said, “Our target group are women who have a significant mental illness or been identified as at risk of developing one […]

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Exciting Times for the Perinatal Team

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team have been successful in their application to NHS England for additional funding to expand the existing perinatal team. We have recently shortlisted 5 candidates for interview for 2 band 6 Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse posts and will be interviewing just before Christmas. We will also be advertising for […]

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