“Speaking to someone who was able to listen to me without judging helped me to feel normal again. I have been able to put those first difficult months behind me and enjoy family life in a way I never thought possible.” – a Mum
We have recorded audio interviews with maternal mental health professionals who work with mums like you.
At home and in the community
A mental health nurse provides assessment, intervention, and assistance both in medical settings and at home. Pamela McCrae, a mental health nurse, speaks here about what she does. (Duration: 3 minutes 50 seconds)
A perinatal psychiatrist works with women during pregnancy and after childbirth. Listen to Dr Paul Sclare, a Consultant Psychiatrist at Grampian Health Board, discusses the advanced help that psychiatrists can offer you. (Duration: 3 minutes 40 seconds)
Fenella Cowey is a Midwife with specialist interest in perinatal mental health at Tayside Health Board. Here, Fenella discusses her role throughout a woman’s pregnancy. (Duration: 3 minutes.)
Katy Breslin is a health visitor. Here, she speaks about breastfeeding and infant nutrition (Duration: 3 minutes).
Counselling can help you to look at the changes in yourself, and to find ways to help you cope with your new role and identity. Listen to Jackie Walker, a Counsellor at the Bluebell PND Service, discusses how counselling works. (Duration: 2 minutes 50 seconds)
“Thanks to counselling, I finally feel like the person I was before and am enjoying my family instead of just worrying about them all of the time.” – a Mum
In the Mother and Baby Unit
Dr Anna Wroblewska is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Mother & Baby Unit at St John’s Hospital, Livingston. Here, she speaks to you directly about what it’s like to meet with a psychologist. (Duration: 4 minutes)
Fiona Prior is a Social Worker at the Mother & Baby Unit at Leverndale Hospital, Glasgow. Here she talks about the work she does with families before and after their stay in the unit. (Duration: 50 seconds)
Allison Taylor is a nursery nurse at the Mother & Baby unit at Leverndale Hospital, Glasgow. In this 30 second clip, she speaks about her role.