Perinatal Mental Health Unit
The time during pregnancy and in the first year after birth is a uniquely challenging one, mentally, physically and emotionally.
New parents are at special risk of mental health concerns, which is why at Mitcham Private Hospital we offer specialised care for people experiencing these challenges, through our Perinatal Mental Health Unit.
What are perinatal and postpartum mental health conditions?
Perinatal and postpartum mental health conditions are mental health challenges related to pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. These can be new conditions or existing issues that have been made more serious by the new parenthood experience.
Conditions can include, but are not limited to:
- Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Stress and Grief
- Bipolar Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Our Perinatal Mental Health Unit is a place for you and your baby (aged up to 12 months) to get support. The average stay is 2-3 weeks but this will depend on each individual case.
Accommodation and services
Our unit has six private rooms, each with ensuite. During your stay you will receive individualised care based on your individual needs and the needs of your baby.
Support for loved ones
Support people need support, too. Significant others are provided care via the unit as well, including a weekly partners’ support group.
Discharge Planning commences on admission and is an important part of care. This includes a plan for follow up care and building a support network.
Our unit operates 24/7 and you can be admitted any day of the week with a Medical Practitioner referral, dependent on availability. All potential patients are triaged by a Mental Health Nurse and approved by an admitting psychiatrist prior to admission.
To be admitted to our unit the following steps need to be followed:
- Your referring Medical Practitioner is required to send the completed Perinatal Mental Health Services Referral Form to our Perinatal Triage Team.
- You are required to complete the Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale Form
- You are required to complete Perinatal Unit Pre-Admission assessment form
- Please forward your forms to our Triage Team via Mail, Fax or email;
If filling out and sending forms to us via mobile phone or tablet we recommend downloading the latest free version of Adobe Fill & Sign through your app store. Please note this is not required if completing the forms on a desktop computer.
What to bring
- Health Insurance Details
- Medicare Card
- Casual, comfortable day clothes
- Night attire
- Toiletries (include sun lotion in warmer months)
- Current Medications
- Clothing – enough for duration of stay
- Favourite toys, play blanket and comforter for bed if age appropriate
- Bibs and spoon
- Current medications
- Bottles, bottle brush, teats, formula and infant cup (if required)
- Disposable nappies
- Infant cereal (if required)
- You might like to bring your own cot sheets
- Infants four months and over may use an acceptable sleeping bag. Sleeping bags used in the unit should be lightweight with a TOG rating of 1.0 or lower.
- Infant Health Record
Mitcham Private Hospital will provide
- Towels, linen
- Steam steriliser and bottle warmer
- Solids for Babies if needed
We recommend you leave all valuable personal items at home, including money and jewellery. We cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage of any item brought into the hospital.
Phone: 03 9210 3383
Fax: 03 9210 3166
Perinatal Unit Triage Team
Mitcham Private Hospital
27 Doncaster East Road
Mitcham VIC 3132