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

Kent Psychosexual Therapy Service

Some people experience a significant psychological and psychosexual impact from pregnancy and birth, including perinatal trauma. This service aims to treat and support people when a psychosexual problem has been identified. These may include severe fear of childbirth, avoidance of sex, difficulty reconnecting to the sexual self post-delivery and adjustment to body changes during pregnancy or in the postpartum period.

Following assessment, if the person is suitable for the service, they will be offered a series of 45-minute therapy sessions, with treatment programmes being tailored to individual need.

Appointments are spaced appropriately to allow for self-reflection, inter-session work and for change to occur. Anyone requiring the service must be referred by their midwife, GP, consultant or other health professional.

For more information please email

You can also contact a clinician directly prior to sending the referral to discuss appropriateness if needed, contact: 07870 831866.