This Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (2 – 8 May) OCEAN is inviting healthcare professionals and the public to join their free, interactive webinar on Thursday 5 May, 12pm-1pm. The webinar focuses on how you can support people affected by birth loss or birth trauma.
OCEAN (Offering Compassionate Emotional Support for those Living Through Birth Trauma & Birth Loss) is a new maternal mental health service for people living in Tower Hamlets, City & Hackney, or Newham – for people living in the community who are experiencing moderate to severe psychological distress related to loss, fear and other traumatic experiences related to the perinatal experience.
The service is provided by East London NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust, and Maternity Mates.
The OCEAN Service provides:
- Specialist psychological treatment, care, and support to those who have experienced birth trauma and/or loss
- Targeted assessment/intervention for individuals identified with moderate/complex mental health needs arising from, or related to their maternity experience
- Therapeutic care that integrates psychological support, specialist midwifery support, and support around reproductive health.
It provides support for individuals experiencing moderate to severe mental health needs arising from:
- Birth trauma
- Pregnancy loss (due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or termination for any reason)
- Neonatal death
- Parent infant separation following birth due to safeguarding concerns
- Severe fear of childbirth
The aim of the service is to provide joined-up care across mental health, maternity, and reproductive health. This will fill the gap where there is no other suitable existing service.
To find out more about the OCEAN service including who it is for and the self-referral and referral criteria, click the link below to join the webinar.