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MidCentral DHB - Perinatal Mental Health

Mental Health & Addictions Service


8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Perinatal Mental Health is a service for expectant mothers or those up to one year following birth who are experiencing difficulties with mental health and/or addictions issues. 


Perinatal Mental Health Service

Programme Areas

Mental health, Maternal & infant - mental health & addictions

Programme Type

Maternal mental health – clinical teams, Maternal alcohol & drug addiction



Age Groups


Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Referrals are accepted via self referral, GP or community agencies.

Referrals are treated on a case by case basis.  All referrals must have relevant clinical information and to assist with triaging the completion of an Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale Assessment would be of assistance.  (A copy of the Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale Assessment can be obtained from the Perinatal Mental Health team.)

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Perinatal Mental Health works in collaboration with women and their families/whānau and others to support the woman's return to optimum well being.

The service provides:

  • Advice and clinical support
  • Consultation
  • Perinatal mental health screening assessments, as required 
  • Support to the facilitation of pre-birth plan

This service is not restricted to women with Post-Natal Depression. Perinatal Mental Health will see women who have anxiety, post natal psychosis or women with post traumatic symptoms associated with pregnancy or birth trauma and women in the antenatal period.

Referrals can be made to secondary mental health services, as required.


8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

After hours, call 0800 653 357

Public Holidays: Closed on all public holidays.


No fees apply.


There is two full time positions which are currently filled by a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Registered Nurse who work with women/family/whanau and alongside other members of the mental health staff including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and other registered mental health nurses. 


Clinical Manager - Richard Barrass

Public Transport

Palmerston North Hospital is on the main bus route.


Parking is available onsite at Palmerston North Hospital: 40 minutes free, $2.00 per hour thereafter.

Contact Details

Freephone 0800 653 357

Ruahine House
Gate 12, Ruahine Street
Palmerston North Hospital
Palmerston North 4442

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Street Address

Ruahine House
Gate 12, Ruahine Street
Palmerston North Hospital
Palmerston North 4442

Postal Address

Perinatal Mental Health
Adult Community Mental Health
Ruahine House
Palmerston North Hospital
Private Bag 11036
Palmerston North 4442

This page was last updated at 11:52AM on April 22, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by MidCentral DHB - Perinatal Mental Health.