Perinatal Mental Health2024-07-15T14:22:14+10:00

Perinatal Mental Health

On this page

    Who are we?

    We are a nurse led community service that supports emotional health and wellbeing of individuals and their families during the perinatal period, from conception to a year after the birth of a baby.

    What is perinatal wellbeing?

    The perinatal period is a time of great change within individual and family life. Adjusting to pregnancy and parenthood can bring experiences of both joy and stress. It is not uncommon to feel scared and overwhelmed at some point. Focussing on all aspects of physical, social, emotional, and mental health is essential for maintaining overall wellbeing. Getting support early is key for you, your infant and your family.

    What do we offer?

    • Pre-conception medication advice clinic – treatment options
    • Specialist perinatal mental health assessment, liaison and education – during the antenatal and postnatal period
    • Referral to Psychiatry or Nurse Practitioner clinic to review medication in the perinatal period
    • Telephone consultation to support GP around medication use in pregnancy and breastfeeding
    • Works with you, your family, GP and other services to ensure you have support

    Who can use our service?

    • Consumers 18 years or older
    • Antenatal consumers birthing at a hospital in Metro North
    • Postnatal consumers living in Metro North (with an infant under 12 months in their care)
    • Partners of perinatal consumers as above

    Have you considered if?

    • Your baby is sleeping but you can’t?
    • You avoid going out or have withdrawn from friends/family?
    • You worry constantly about harm coming to your baby through everyday activities?
    • You or others notice that you are more irritable and/or frustrated/angry?
    • You think about your birth and get sad/distressed?
    • You have stopped looking forward to things or enjoying activities that you used to?
    • That you can’t put your baby down, or let others help you, or that you need to check the baby more than what is needed?
    • You stopped medication before or in early pregnancy and have noticed your mood or anxiety symptoms have got worse?
    • You wake up with dread or anxiety?
    • You are unable to relax despite being exhausted?
    • You are overwhelmed by your usual day to day activities or routine?
    • Your pregnancy/body changes have triggered you?

    Outpatient Appointments

    • Antenatal and Postnatal appointments are offered at the Nundah Community Health Centre and other community locations by arrangement
    • Telehealth is available for all antenatal or postnatal appointments
    • No walk in appointments are available
    • No inpatient appointments are available

    How to access this service

    Consumers living or birthing in the Metro North area can access this service.

    Monday – Friday 08.30am to 4.00pm (excluding public holidays)Intake line: 07 3146 2525Email: (preferred option for health care professional referrals)

    Fax: 07 3146 2314

    Healthcare professionals

    Self referral

    For self referrals; at a minimum we need the following

    • Full Medicare name
    • Date of birth
    • Address
    • Phone Number
    • Any other details you feel are relevant

    Contact us

    Perinatal Wellbeing Team
    Metro North Health

    10 Nellie St, Nundah

    Caboolture Satellite Hospital
    15 Rowe St, Caboolture

    Kallangur Satellite Hospital
    9 Stoker Way, Kallangur

    Bribie Island Satellite Hospital
    103 First Avenue, Bongaree

    Phone: 07 3146 2525
    Fax: 07 3146 2314
    Open: 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

    Please note: Nundah does not accept walk-in appointments. Details on how to access the perinatal mental health services planned for the Caboolture, Kallangur and Bribie Island Satellite Hospitals will be available soon.

    Need help?

    1300 MHCALL (1300 64 2255)

    Your first point of contact for Metro North Mental Health, providing support, information and referral.

    About 1300 MHCALL

    For persons under the age of 18, view The Child and Youth Mental Health Service

    Back to top