Priory PIMHS | Maternal Depression | A Case Study
BC was referred to Priory PIMHS at the age of 23. She was experiencing depression and anxiety and considered to be an isolated mum. It was her first pregnancy and she was living with an aggressive partner.
Following an incident after TC's birth, when he threatened to kill both mum and baby, BC reported her partner to the police and he was arrested for domestic violence. He is currently serving a custodial sentence in prison.
The PIMHS team supported BC, mainly through 1:1 visits after her partner had moved out. Susan, her Family Support Worker, continued these visits during a difficult time, providing her with consistent contact when everything else appeared uncertain.
She also ensured that BC had support from Leeway, which would help her in the long term, especially after her partner had been released from prison.
Gradually BC became more open during the 1:1 meetings and was able to talk about her feelings, particularly as she was no longer being threatened by her partner to keep quiet about their relationship.
The team's encouragement gave her the confidence to attend the PIMHS Bump2Baby talking group, where she has made new friends. She also began to bring baby TC to the Bridge to Music group, which they continue to attend regularly.
Susan has now invited her to come along to other small PIMHS groups, including Baby Massage. She has also registered for the Children's Centres Baby & Child First Aid workshop.
BC's level of anxiety and depression have reduced dramatically and she says she feels that she now has "the confidence to go out and about and open up to people".
The family is no longer part of a Child Protection Plan, without any intervention from Children's Services.
Baby TC appears to be thriving in BC's care; mother and baby appear to have formed a close bond, BC is able to prioritise the needs of baby TC and is eager to follow the guidance of professionals. She is also being supported by her family and has made friendships with other mums within the PIMHS team.
How to get in touchIf you feel that you would like to speak to a member of the Priory PIMHS team, call: 01493 743004, or ask to be referred by your Midwife or Health Visitor.
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