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North Shore

Support Services & Helplines

Maternal Mental Health Team – Waitemata District Health Board

Maternal Mental Health
124a Shakespeare Road

p. 09 488 4634
f. 09 486 8999 (Main Base)

Child Health Unit
Waitakere Hospital (Outreach Office)

  1. Maternal Mental Health is a small, specialist tertiary mental health team providing a service to women who are pregnant or have a baby under 12 months of age, who have developed a severe mental health illness related to the experience of pregnancy, childbirth and/or the adjustment to motherhood.
  2. Referrals are directed in the first instance to the woman’s local community mental health team for triage/assessment.
  3. Maternal Mental Health accepts referrals from other secondary mental health services including community mental health teams, psychiatric liaison services, psychiatrists in private practice and other maternal mental health teams.
  4. Pregnant women who have bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia or a past history of psychosis, who are currently well can be referred directly to the team . A plan will be developed in conjunction with the woman aimed at supporting their well being  during the period of birth and the postpartum period
  5. A phone consultation service is provided to GPs. The Maternal Mental Health specialist doctors can advise on medications used during pregnancy, in particular with  those women who are in their first trimester and with women who are breastfeeding.A pre-conception assessment is offered to women with severe mental illness (e.g. bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia) who are planning to have a baby.Maternal Mental Health provides this service to all women of childbearing age who live in the Waitemata District Health Board area.

Mothers Helpers

Provide support to mothers experiencing ante-natal and postnatal anxiety and depression, also offer PND Recovery courses and follow-up counselling in 12 areas across the North Island as well as online.  These are delivered by qualified counsellors, social workers, life coaches or mental health nurses.

Phone:  0800 002 717  or  022 093 1822
[email protected]

PND Recovery Course – Mothers Helpers provides a 10 week Perinatal Depression/Anxiety Recovery Course.  All mums who have completed the course can go on to have therapy with your facilitator – a registered/qualified counsellor, social worker, life coach or mental health nurse. Click here for more information about the course

North Shore: Spaces available now for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Jasmin Shea, Counsellor

Dayspring Trust

PO Box 20269 Glen Eden, Auckland 0641
Fax (09) 827-6322
Regions Serviced: North Shore/Waitakere

Dayspring Offers:

  1. Maternal Mental Health Community Support Services
  2. Secure Beginnings- home based early intervention attachment service
  3. Supported Landlord Services
  4. Counselling Services
Dayspring Care Centre opens every week day providing a wide range of parenting support, psycho-education and life skill programmes including Circle of Security Parenting, sewing, art and exercise classes.
  1. Creche for mothers who are attending the programmes
  2. Op Shop
  3. Mother’s support groups
Referrals can be made via organisations or self referred

Dr Sarah Bell-Booth

BA (Hons), DClinPsych
Clinical Psychologist
518 East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0620
Mobile: 027 346 2707
  1. • Face-to-face or Skype
  2. • Individual or mini-groups
  3. • Antenatal, postnatal and parents with older children
  4. • Reduced rates for increased access and affordability