Mother and Infant Mental Health Service (MIMHS)

Our MIMHS service currently provides support to women in the community and will also launch a new mother and baby mental health inpatient unit (MBU) in 2018. The Unit will support mums across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. For any questions relating to the MBU please contact

The Mother and Infant Mental Health Service (MIMHS) is for women with mental health difficulties who are considering pregnancy, are currently pregnant, or have given birth and the baby is under a year old. Women must be registered with a Kent GP.

Most women should in the first instance seek advice from their midwife, health visitor or GP. Many women can be offered initial support and treatment in primary care. However if more specialist support, advice, interventions or treatment is required, a referral to mental health services can be made.

Who is the service for?

The service is for women aged 18 or over, who are experiencing or are at significant risk of experiencing mental health problems of a severity or complexity to require specialist prenatal intervention.

The service also provides advice, liaison and training for other professionals.


Referrals are made through the appropriate mental health team. The patient will remain under the care of the referring team (i.e. care co-ordinator or lead professional).

If you would like to discuss the appropriateness of a potential referral please contact the MIMHS team in your area.

Referral form

MIMHS referral form - East Kent

MIMHS referral form - West Kent

Contact us

East and West Kent and Medway

Mother and Infant Mental Health Service
20 Oakapple Lane
Kent ME16 9NW
Tel: 01622 722321
Fax: 01622 729677

01622 722321

01622 729677

20 Oakapple Lane
ME16 9NW