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Midcentral / Palmerston North

Support Services & Helplines

MidCentral Health – Maternal & Perinatal Mental Health

Te Whatu Ora – Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua | MidCentral – Maternal & Perinatal Mental Health


Perinatal Mental Health is a service for expectant mothers or those up to one year following birth who are experiencing difficulties with mental health and/or addictions issues. The objective of the service is to provide specialist perinatal mental health assessment, treatment, care and support in conjunction with other providers to meet the needs of the mother and her infant in the context of her family and whanau and or other natural supports.

  • Advice and clinical support

  • Consultation

  • Clinical peer supervision

  • Education both to internal and external agencies of Te Whatu Ora – Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua | MidCentral

  • Works in collaboration with women and their families/whānau and others to support the woman’s return to optimum wellbeing

  • Liaises and consults with Te Whatu Ora – Capital and Coast Regional Maternal Mental Health Services

  • Completes perinatal mental health screening assessments as required

  • Uses the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale Assessment Tool (EPDS)

  • Supports the facilitation of pre-birth plan

Perinatal Mental Health will see women who have anxiety, postnatal psychosis or women with post traumatic symptoms associated with pregnancy or birth trauma and women in the antenatal period.

Referrals are accepted via self referral, GP or community agencies.

Referrals are treated on a case by case basis.  All referrals must have relevant clinical information and to assist with triaging the completion of an Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale Assessment would be of assistance.  (A copy of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale Assessment can be obtained from the Perinatal Mental Health team.)

Perinatal Mental Health – Te Uru Pā Harakeke | Healthy Women, Children and Youth
Kauri House
Gate 12, Ruahine St
Palmerston North Hospital
Palmerston North 4442

p. 06 3508184  or 0800 653 357
w. www.midcentraldhb.govt.nz

Mothers Helpers

Online Group Therapy Course – Mothers Helpers provides a free assessment and free group therapy, or four free counselling sessions if preferred. To access, people can self-refer or their midwife/GP can refer them to Think Hauora: Te Ara Rau Access & Choice.

 Mothers Helpers Online Referral Form

p.  0800 002 717
e. [email protected]