Waitematā and North Shore
Support Services & Helplines
Maternal Mental Health Team – Waitematā District Health Board
124a Shakespeare Road
p. 09 488 4634
f. 09 486 8999 (Main Base)
Waitematā DHB Child Health Unit
Waitakere Hospital (Outreach Office)
- Multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals including: Psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, occupational therapists, nurses
- Referrals are accepted of women living in the DHB catchment area, with a serious mental health illness that is related to the experience of pregnancy, childbirth and/or the postnatal adjustment who are in the second trimester of pregnancy or have a baby under the age of one year
- A pre pregnancy consultation is available for women with a history of serious mental illness eg, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder who are planning to become pregnant.
- Referrals of a preventive nature are accepted of pregnant women who are mentally well but have a history of psychosis or of a perinatal mental illness of a severity that mental health service input was required to achieve stability.
Types of Service:
- Assessment and range of treatments. All outpatient based – no inpatient facilities.
- Maternal Mental Health accepts referrals from other mental health service providers, eg Community Mental Health Team, Psych Liaison, other DHB Maternal Mental Health Teams. Any other referrals are directed to the woman’s local Community Mental Health Team for triage and assessment.
- Maternal Mental Health, operating as a Tertiary Mental Health Specialist Service provider is able to support colleagues working in primary and secondary health services by providing consultation/liaison and to assist those women whose perinatal mental health needs cannot be met by other services in the region.
Dr Sarah Bell-Booth
- Face-to-face or Skype
- Individual or mini-groups
- Antenatal, postnatal and parents with older children
- Reduced rates for increased access and affordability
- Maternal Mental Health Community Support Services
- Secure Beginnings- home based early intervention attachment service
- Counselling Services
- Dayspring Care Centre is open Tuesday to Friday during school term time providing a range of parenting support, psycho-education and life skill programmes including Circle of Security Parenting, sewing, art and exercise classes.
- Creche is available for mothers while attending programmes
- Referrals can be made via organisations or self referred
Homebuilders Family Services
5 Hexham Street
Open 9am-12 noon Monday-Friday
p. 09 425 7048
f. 09 425 7049
e. [email protected]
Mummacare – Private Postnatal Support
Registered Nurses with years of specialist experience providing holistic family-centered postnatal care.
They will help you as parents to:
- develop skills, knowledge and confidence with baby cares/mothercraft
- breastfeed successfully
- troubleshoot feeding issues, settling or sleeping challenges
- learn what’s normal and what’s not
- transition to parenthood
- engage in self-care and compassion
- feel more connected with your baby
- develop skills to manage times when you are feeling anxious or depressed
- support you through your baby’s first year milestones
Walsh Trust – Maternal Mental Health Service
Walsh Trust – inspiring change, transforming lives
He Kākano Ora is the maternal mental health service of Walsh Trust. An award-winning service that provides residential respite and home-based support to mothers who are in their second trimester of pregnancy through until the baby turns a year. This service is funded by the Ministry of Health and is available only to mothers that are under the Maternal Mental Health Teams of Auckland and Waitemata DHB’s.
For further information about this service, please contact Laura Sanchez-Jimenez, Maternal Mental Health Service Manager 09 836 1401
If you would like to participate in our parenting groups, please complete the ‘Referral for Parenting Groups’ form.
The Possums Clinic – HolisticBaby
Support offered to families who are facing breastfeeding, baby sleep, baby crying, and parent mood challenges. Each practitioner is fully accredited in Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC) or the Possums programs.
*Parents are supported using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy skills, but we are not a psychology service and unfortunately can’t accept crisis referrals or mental health care plans.
Zoom Mother’s Support Group on Zoom – every Thursday for approximately 40 weeks of the year. One off cost of $50 to attend as many sessions as needed.
Sessions facilitated; Feeding and Mood, Holistic Sleep Coach around Sleep (baby and parents), Settling and Sensory nourishment sessions. This includes Mood and support on how to have a more enjoyable experience learning about baby.
Facilitators are open to any questions and mamas supporting mamas who problem solve together.
Provide support to mothers experiencing ante-natal and postnatal anxiety and depression, throughout the wider Auckland region.
Also offer a Perinatal Depression Recovery Course and a 10 week online course.
Online PND Recovery Course – Mothers Helpers provides an online 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