Pregnant Women & New Mothers

If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, we can help.

About mental health in pregnancy and as a new mother

Around 1 in 5 women need some help to consider their own emotional health because of low mood and raised anxiety during pregnancy, or in the first year after their baby is born.

It’s important to seek help as soon as possible if you are concerned about your mental health. Your symptoms could have a significant impact on you, your baby, and your family, and you can feel better if you get help. You do not have to struggle on alone.

With the right support, which can include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery.

Getting help

If your mood is affecting your daily life, you should seek help as soon as possible.

If you have concerns about your mental health and are pregnant or have recently had a baby, speak to your GP, midwife or health visitor. They can advise you on the best place to seek further help. 

Let’s Talk can help

Let’s Talk is our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. We offer guidance, courses and talking therapies that give you the skills and techniques to manage difficult days, lift your mood and improve your overall wellbeing.

It is a free service and is there to listen, help and suggest the best way forward for you.

How to access Let’s Talk

You can refer yourself to Let’s Talk by calling 0800 073 2200, or you can ask your GP to refer you.

For more information about the support available, please visit the Let’s Talk website.

Let's Talk

Helpful resources

Perinatal Positivity

The real voices and experiences of women and men who have had mental wellbeing difficulties around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

Our teams and services

Where to find us, and which services can help you.

Information for professionals

Notes on services, contacts and treatments for healthcare professionals.

Let's Talk is our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service for patients registered with a GP in Gloucestershire.

Patients are able to self-refer; however Primary Health Care Professionals can refer patients to our service on their behalf.

Find out more about referring a patient to Let's Talk on our dedicated website

Let's Talk


News stories linked to depression and related conditions.

World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7 August

World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7 August

World Breastfeeding Week officially kicks off tomorrow, each year celebrated around the world from 1-7 August. Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Visiting team offers a range of support, including advice on positioning, attachment, hand expressing and assisting you and your family to continue to breastfeed for as long as planned. If problems occur, your health visitor can refer you to our Specialist Breast Feeding team.

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Further help and support

Other organisations who can help or who partner with us.

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Action on Postpartum Psychosis logo