Parent Infant Mental Health

Community Based Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Support for Families in Sheffield

Please find below details of perinatal and infant mental health related services and support currently available in Sheffield.

Antenatal and postnatal midwifery care takes place in GP surgeries and children's centres for low-risk women.

Each woman has a named midwife who is responsible for co-ordinating her maternity care and where women are identified as having vulnerabilities, additional support is provided, including birth planning.

Women have a mental health risk assessment during their community booking and are asked about their emotional well-being at each contact. Women are referred to specialist services where appropriate.

Community midwives liaise closely with all of the services described in the sections below and with specialist teams at Jessop Wing when needed. There is an Emotional Wellbeing Team based at Jessops who are able to offer extra support to women and advice for staff. They accept referrals from midwives and obstetric staff for women experiencing moderate mental health issues who would benefit from care coordination and extra support. The team liaise with the Perinatal Mental Health Team to support women with more serious mental health concerns.

Birth Options, Birth Afterthoughts and Bereavement follow-up are available as face-to-face or telephone consultations.

The service has regular liaison with key partner agencies including Midwives, GPs, Early Years partnership, perinatal mental health, and Social Care. The 0-19 service is responsible for the delivery of the healthy child program. We are a team of skilled mixed practitioners including school nurses, health visitors, staff nurses and nursery nurses. The link for the health visiting page is:

Resources are also available via the following link:

The health visitor will complete home visits when your baby is 10 days to 14days old and between the ages of 6-8 weeks where a maternal mental health assessment is completed. We also have appointment and drop in well baby clinics across the city.

Additional contacts are offered when required and the contacts can be Virtual appointments on ‘Attend Anywhere’ virtual platform or as face-to-face home / clinic appointments.

Light is a peer support charity offering emotional support to families across South Yorkshire from pregnancy to 2 years post-natal.

All our staff and volunteers have lived experience of struggling with their emotional or mental health at some time in their lives and in the perinatal period. 

What do we do?

Light aim to offer emotional support through a range of services.

We have a variety of peer support groups operating weekly across South Yorkshire including a birth trauma peer support group, pregnant parents and crafting drop-in sessions.

We also offer tailored 1-1 support to those who feel they need more than a group space. This works by our Peer support co – Ordinator matching those registered with us to the appropriate staff or volunteer to provide support on a weekly basis.

We also offer a free counselling service which can be accessed as part of our ongoing peer support.

Who do we work with?

Light support anyone who feels they need support from pregnancy to 2 years post – natal.

We work closely with the perinatal mental health team and other professionals to ensure our service users are getting the right support alongside peer support.

We take referrals from GPs, Health Visitors, Midwives, Infant Feeding Workers, MAST, Social Workers and accept self-referrals.

Once a referral is made to Light our peer support co-ordinator will make contact for an initial chat to explain about Light and how we can offer support.

Once registered service users are able to access peer support groups straight away getting invited to sessions and booking accordingly and 1-1 being set up within a couple of weeks.

Contacting us

To get in touch simply call us on 0114 4388962

For more information or general enquires email us at or visit our website

NHS Sheffield Talking Therapies, previously known as IAPT, offers  short term evidence based psychological therapy for anyone aged 18+ struggling with low mood or anxiety.

We offer a mixture of face-to-face appointments in Primary Care Networks and in voluntary sector or remote sessions conducted via video link or telephone.

You can contact us by ringing the central number 0114 226 4380 or completing the online referral form (this asks about pregnancy/number of children living in the household). Anyone can self-refer online now via our website as we have a new online referral form here:

We offer a range of daytime and evening online course including Overcoming Low Mood and Managing Stress.  A range of other online courses for low mood, anxiety and worry all accessible via here:

We have also developed a series of self-help guides that are designed to help people  to explore and understand some of the ways they are  feeling and offer practical ways to help yourself. These can be accessed via:

Early relationships influence the way that a baby’s brain develops. When parents and carers are able to tune-in and respond to their babies’ needs sensitively, in an appropriate and timely way, it lays the foundations for lifelong mental and physical health and helps them to:

  • Grow up feeling safe, secure, and ready to play, explore and learn
  • Have skills to understand and manage their emotions and behaviour
  • Feel confident in themselves and develop trusting relationships with others

However, not all parents and carers find this easy. Lots of things can affect how you feel about your baby and yourself as a parent, and this can get in the way of developing a positive relationship with your baby.

Although having a baby can be a special and joyous time, it can also be challenging. Sometimes it can feel hard to cope with your baby’s feeding, sleeping or crying, or you might have worries about how they are developing. Sometimes other things can affect how you feel about your baby, such as a traumatic pregnancy or birth, mental health problems (such as depression or anxiety), loss and bereavement, or events from the past or present.

Who are we?

We are a small team of psychologists and psychotherapists who are passionate about supporting parents, carers, and professionals to make sure that every baby in Sheffield has the best possible start in life.

Who do we work with?

These problems can affect anyone. The PAIRS team are here to provide support so that you can build a strong and nurturing relationship with your baby or young child. We work with parents and carers and their babies from conception to age 3.

How we can help

Once we receive a referral, one of our practitioners will get in touch with you to arrange an initial meeting, either in your home, at a nearby children’s centre or at our base.

At this initial meeting, we can think together about the relationship you have with your baby and discuss any worries or difficulties you may be having. After this, we will think about your goals and how we will work towards them.

We will review our work together regularly and, with your consent, we will provide update letters to you and other key people involved (For example your GP or health visitor).

There are different ways that we can help you and your baby to strengthen your relationship and help you make sense of your baby’s emotional responses and communications:

  • We may encourage you to play with and talk to your baby.
  • Sometimes it’s helpful to try to think about how your baby is feeling and what your baby might be trying to tell you through his or her sounds and body movements.
  • Filming the positive parts of these sessions for you to watch later is also an option and can be helpful.
  • We can also help you with any difficult feelings arising from becoming a parent or carer.

Alternatively, if we think another service will be better able to support you, we will support you in accessing this.

Support for professionals

Alongside our therapeutic work with families, we also offer teaching and consultation to professionals working with parents and carers who are pregnant or have a child under the age of 3. We are keen to share our specialist infant mental health expertise through consultation, reflective case discussions or joint work with a family. If you are a professional working with families that are struggling with their parent-infant relationships, please get in touch via telephone or email to discuss the support we can provide.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either:

  • Anna Engel – Team leader and Consultant Psychologist on 0738 541 9517
  • Amanda Platt – Art Psychotherapist on 0777 511 1778
  • The CAMHS Bookings Team on 0114 305 3659

Parents and carers can access a range of groups that offer practical advice and support with parenting. We deliver programmes that are evidence based, tried and tested. The content is written by professional psychologists who have conducted years of research into what works to manage behaviours and difficulties that we can all face as parents. 

Everyone has busy lives, and we are all different, so there are different types of groups you can access depending on your needs and at times to suit you.


Seminars are for those who are generally coping well but have one or two concerns or would simply like to gather some tips.

Seminars are large, one-off information sessions covering positive parenting techniques for parents and carers who want basic information and advice to take home and try. 

Discussion Groups

Discussion groups are for those who are enjoying parenting but want to know how to deal with specific problem behaviour.

These are two-hour, small group sessions that offer practical advice for tackling a specific problem behaviour, and you can choose from a range of topics. 

Group Parenting Programmes

Group parenting programmes are for those who are finding being a parent a bit of a challenge.

Group programmes range from 9 to 15 weeks and cover the full range of parenting strategies with personalised support to help you put these into practice back home. There are different programmes depending on the age of your child / children and their needs. For example, we deliver a specific Incredible Years Baby programme in partnership with the perinatal mental health team.

To find out what’s on and when in your area see our Sheffield Parenting What’s On in supporting information Positive parenting | Sheffield City Council,  follow us on social media   


or contact us on 0114 2057243 or

The Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster Perinatal Mental Health Service provides specialist assessment and treatment to mums and their families living in Sheffield, Rotherham, and Doncaster.

The service is run in partnership between Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust and Light, a local perinatal peer support charity.

We offer confidential, non-judgemental care and treatment to women with mental health problems who are planning to have a baby, are already pregnant or have given birth in the last 12 months.

You can find out more about the service and the support we offer by taking a look at our service leaflet.

How do I access the service?

To access the service, you must be referred by a health or social care professional working in Sheffield, Rotherham, or Doncaster. This could be your GP, community mental health team, midwife, or health visitor.

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