Health and wellbeing advice

How to contact your GP if you have non-urgent or routine checks. Advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus lockdown.

Support during pregnancy and after birth

A wide range of support is available to you and your partner throughout your pregnancy and after your child is born.  

During pregnancy 

If you have concerns about your emotional health and wellbeing you can book an antenatal appointment with a:

If you would like to speak to someone between appointments please contact:

COVID-19 Maternity Helpline 

Telephone: 07976 8681775
Monday to Sunday, 8am to 6pm

Maternity Triage 

Telephone: 020 8401 3853
Monday to Sunday, 8am to 6pm

You can also visit the NHS website on what happens during labour and birth for more information.

After birth

Once your child is born, you will continue to receive support and the opportunity to raise concerns regarding your mental health and wellbeing.

A health visitor will arrange a new baby home visit within 14 days – you can contact the team on 0208 274 6060 if you have any questions.

You will be contacted to book your 6-8 week check with your GP. 

If you require additional support, please contact CHAT Health.

CHAT Health
Text: 07507334150
Monday to Sunday, 9am to 4:30pm

Other useful resources that can help

You can get more information about health and wellbeing during pregnancy and after birth at:

  • NHS – mental health problems and pregnancy
  • MIND – postnatal depression and perinatal mental health
  • Croydon Best Start – emotional wellbeing (during or after pregnancy)

Fathers and partners

Information for fathers and partners of the child.

Extra support 

At any point during your pregnancy, you can self-refer to counselling by: 

If you are in need of more support, your GP, health visitor or midwife can refer you to the specialist perinatal mental health team.

You can also be referred or refer yourself to the Croydon Parent Infant Parternship.

Useful links and resources

 Maternal and paternal mental health during COVID-19

Pregnancy during COVID-19

Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists – FAQs and useful information for antenatal care

Parenting during COVID-19

Birth trauma 

Birth Trauma Association - support for anyone affected by birth trauma, including partners