Perinatal Support Service

Perinatal Support Service COVID-19 Update

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic we at Buckinghamshire Mind are closely following the Government’s guidelines on health and safety measures regarding social distancing.

The Perinatal Support Service has mostly returned to remote support via phone and online session (via Teams). However, in exceptional circumstances we are also providing socially distanced face-to-face support with one-to-one walks.


Perinatal Support Service

Buckinghamshire Mind provides perinatal support work in partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Our Perinatal Community Support Worker is embedded in the Oxford Health Perinatal Team, based from the Whiteleaf Centre in Aylesbury, and covers the whole of Buckinghamshire.

Our Perinatal Support Worker provides both one-to-one support as well as group support, with a peer-support focus, receiving referrals from within the NHS Perinatal Team. The support worker role supports women who are pregnant or have given birth in the past 12 months who have mental health needs that reach the access criteria for the Perinatal Team (secondary care).

Support, which can be short or long-term, consists of:

  • 1:1 support to access community groups
  • Befriending service
  • Help with benefits and signposting for finance issues such as debt
  • Signposting for employment support
  • Short-term and long-term support

All support is planned according to each person’s individual circumstances.

To access this service, please speak to your GP, Health Visitor or Midwife about a referral.