Pre pregnancy and postnatal care pathways

Please see the flowcharts below to help your decision-making when considering making a referral into services. If you are uncertain which service is most appropriate for someone you are working with, you may contact the Perinatal Mental Health Service duty clinician for advice.

Call 0113 8555505 between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Family information service

A wide range of support is available to women via local Children’s Centres.  A full list of details of the services they offer can be accessed via the Leeds Family Information Service

Counselling for parents and carers of children

Counselling is available from the Children’s Centre Counselling Service for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years, as well as for women and their partners during pregnancy.  Contact counsellors directly using the details provided.

Mild to moderate mental health cases

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS) is recommended for mental health difficulties which are mild to moderate in severity. LWMS welcome referrals and provide a variety of interventions to support new parents, prioritising support for women and partners and main carers in the perinatal period. This includes group-based and 1:1 therapies, classes, one-off sessions and online support options.

Referrals and self-referrals can be made on the refer yourself page or call or email to discuss your referral.

Moderate to severe mental health cases

For moderate to severe issues, the specialist team at Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service provides individual counselling or psychotherapy for up to six months for women in the perinatal period. Women who are psychologically ready for therapy but are experiencing problems such as housing crisis or financial concerns can be referred to the casework service for support before accessing therapy.

Referrals and self-referrals can be made via the online referral form or call or email to discuss your referral.

Severe or complex mental health cases

For more severe or complex cases, a referral to Leeds Perinatal Mental Health Service can be made by using the form in the How to refer to our services section that can be emailed to