Supporting your emotional and mental wellbeing during pregnancy and within the first two years of having a baby

Having a baby can be a wonderful experience, however for some new mothers and fathers it can also feel very stressful, and difficult to look after your wellbeing and mental health during this time. It is very common for people to experience this if they have lost a baby or are new parents – one in five parents will experience emotional distress, and it can happen to anyone.

Some common feelings new parents have can include:

  • Feelings of failure
  • Worry / Anxiety
  • Low mood, depression, sadness or tearful
  • Poor sleep / concentration
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Difficult or unexpected feelings towards your baby
  • Unresolved feelings around labor
  • Conflicting feelings due to expectations vs. reality

The Wiltshire IAPT Service offers a perinatal service where you can discuss the difficulties you face during pregnancy and within the first two years of having your baby, and we will help you learn tools and techniques to manage these emotions and feelings.

We currently offer one-to-one sessions and online therapy, and in the future will look to continue group sessions in a variety of locations across Wiltshire.

How do I access the perinatal service

If you would like to book an appointment with a wellbeing practitioner, please call our team on 01380 731335 who will be happy to arrange this for you.

If you are a healthcare professional and you would like to refer someone to our service, please contact our main office for a referral form by calling 01380 731335

Useful Resources

Tommy’s – the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We also provide information for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Tommy’s offer a free pregnancy line for support/advice (0800 0147800), alternative contact would be to email to speak with one of the midwives:

Netmums – to make parents feel heard, supported and entertained on every step of their parenting journey.

PANDAS Foundation UK – to help support and advise any parent and their networks who need support with perinatal mental illness. We are also here to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering. Free helpline, email support, Facebook page, Dads Facebook page, support groups

Homestart – local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most because childhood can’t wait. Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need. Based in Kennet & South Wiltshire.

DadPad – the essential guide for new dads, developed with the NHS. As a new dad you will feel excited, but you may also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad can help by giving you the knowledge and practical skills that you need.  The resource will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life.

Baby Buddy App is a free multi-award winning, interactive pregnancy and parenting guide

Dads Matter UK – provide support for dads worried about or suffering from Depression, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Children’s centres in Wiltshire – Parents with children aged 0-5 years share challenges and joys of parenthood.

The Miscarriage Association – to provide support and information if you’ve been affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.