Birth trauma and/or birth loss - which services can offer psychological help?

If someone is experiencing mental health difficulties as a result of birth trauma and / or birth loss, but has not received any help to date, there are a wide range of services that can provide therapies, support and advice to people and their families.

Publication date:
01 March 2021
Date range:
March 2021 - March 2022

East Kent Women’s Counselling Service

The Women’s Health Counselling Service is able to provide counselling (generally between six and eight sessions) following
the loss of a pregnancy at any stage from early pregnancy to after birth, counselling following a traumatic birth experience
and support to parents of unwell babies within the NICU.

It can also offer support with issues as issues relating to anxiety and depression that have occurred in the short term/related to a specific medical issue within women’s health.

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy may also be offered.

Referrals can be made by staff within obstetrics and gynaecology, including wards, clinics and A&E departments, as well as GPs and health visitors. Self-referrals may also be considered.

The person being referred must be currently receiving care from East Kent University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) or have been receiving care from them within the last year.

To find out more please email: ekhuft.womenshealthcounsellors@nhs.net

If you have already received care and treatment from the above services but you need additional treatment then a referral to Thrive may be required.