Mental health support group for new and expectant mums

A group designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of new and expectant mums in Rotherham has been set up by Home Start and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

The Perinatal Mental Health Support Group provides advice and a safe place for women experiencing perinatal mental health issues either during their pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth.

Rachel Maltby, Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Lead at RDaSH, said: “It is very common for women to feel unable to cope, anxious and think that they are not good enough for their baby. This group offers professional support and advice in a relaxed atmosphere to help them overcome these feelings.”

Postnatal depression affects around 15 in every hundred new mothers. It is a serious illness that can have a big impact on both the mum and also on the long term emotional development of the child.

Rachel added: “This group for anyone whether they are pregnant, just had a baby or a worried friend or family member. Together with Home Start we are here to help and offer support.”

The Perinatal Mental Health Support Group meets every Thursday between 10am and 12noon at the Maltby Stepping Stones Children’s Centre, Tickhill Road, Rotherham, S66 7NQ.

If you are interested in attending or know someone else who might please ring 01709 447070 or email

(Left to right): New mum Georgia and baby Edward ‘Teddy’; Abby Koerner, Home Start Coordinator and Rachel Maltby, Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Lead.