Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit

This specialist inpatient unit provides support for new mothers with serious mental ill health from Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Mothers are admitted with their babies and receive specialist perinatal mental health care and treatment from our specialist team. Our unit has been designed by mums, for mums and we have, as part of the multi professional team, mums with lived experience.

The service predominantly supports mothers from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex although will accept admissions from other areas of the country if bed availability is limited.

Our MBU offers assessment and treatment of the mother’s mental illness whilst ensuring the developing relationship with their baby.

The MBU Philosophy - “We believe in enabling and empowering mothers in all stages of their perinatal journey in collaboration with their families”.

It’s vital that referrals are made appropriately so please be aware of the referral process and criteria.

Protecting our patients

We have had to take the difficult decision to close our inpatient wards and units to visitors.

We ask that you use alternative methods to keep in touch with your loved one as we take this measure to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect our patients and staff.

Please contact the ward or unit manager to discuss how you can best do this. Thank you for your co-operation.

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Our team

The MBU’s experienced team includes a range of clinical and non clinical staff who provide specialist support during every part of a mum’s recovery.

This includes nursery nurses, registered nurses, health care assistants, clinical  psychologists, peer support workers, a consultant psychiatrist, specialty grade Dr, house-keeping staff and occupational therapists.

For professionals

We understand that you may need to speak to us about your referral and are happy to answer any questions. Please speak to our Matron, Angela Shorter, in the first instance.

Assessment for admission to the MBU will be either by the Perinatal Outreach Service, mental health crisis/community team or by the specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Services.

Pregnant women in the last trimester who are assessed to be very high risk and women within the first  year post-partum, who are either currently experiencing or have a history of:

  • Bipolar illness
  • Post-partum psychosis and other psychoses
  • Severe affective disorder and other serious non psychotic conditions
  • Antenatal and postnatal anxiety disorders impacting on pregnancy and childbirth such as tokophobia, OCD and PTSD arising from childbirth
  • Mothers experiencing bonding disorders
  • Pregnant and post-partum women over the age of 16. Mothers under the age of 18 will be admitted if there is significant perinatal mental illness and they are likely to be the baby’s principal carer. The admission will be managed in collaboration with the local Children and Young People’s Service (CYP) and Social Services.

Further information

Read the Institute of Health Visiting's write up about the Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit