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Waikato DHB - Perinatal Mental Health Service

Mental Health & Addictions Service



Our team consists of mental health nurses, social worker, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and occupational therapist with specialist knowledge and experience in this field.


No fees apply.

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Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

For after hours mental health emergencies, phone 0800 50 50 50

Public Holidays: Closed Labour Day (24 Oct), Auckland Anniversary (30 Jan), Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (7 Apr), Easter Sunday (9 Apr), Easter Monday (10 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (5 Jun), Matariki (14 Jul).


Perinatal Mental Health Service

Programme Areas

Mental health, Maternal & infant - mental health & addictions

Programme Type

Maternal mental health – clinical teams



Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Referrals are accepted via self-referral, family and friends, with client's consent, primary and secondary health providers.

Please send referrals via Waikato DHB Triage Service (click here for more information or call (07) 834 6902) or Hauora Waikato (click here for more information or call (07) 839 9916).
Once accepted into the service, the referral will be sent to the perinatal mental health team and allocated at the next referral meeting where an initial appointment by one of the team will be made. 


Perinatal Mental Health is a team of experienced health professionals skilled in helping mothers with mental health problems related to having a baby. Our specialised team offers assessment, treatment and advice for women who have developed mental illness or have had previous mental illness during the perinatal period (during pregnancy or up to one year after the baby is born).

Mothers and babies exist as a unit – one cannot be considered without the other. We work with women, their partners and family/whānau, as well as the services and health providers involved in their care.

Who do we see?

  • Women (of any age) who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health illness in pregnancy and postpartum
  • Significant maternal distress related to second trimester termination, birth trauma and / or a still born loss
  • Women with a mental health illness, wanting pre-conception counselling
  • Women with previous mental illness, birth trauma

We also provide a consultative secondary service to women who are current clients of other Mental Health & Addiction services.

All appointments are at 222 Pembroke Street, Hamilton, or at the clients' home, or at another agreed venue.

New appointments can take up to one to two hours; follow up appointments 30 minutes to one hour. Women are welcome to bring their babies, other family/whānau members and other support people as desired.

Contact Details

222 Pembroke Street
Waikato Hospital
Waikato 3204

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Street Address

222 Pembroke Street
Waikato Hospital
Waikato 3204

Postal Address

Private Bag 3200
Hamilton 3240

This page was last updated at 11:48AM on February 10, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Waikato DHB - Perinatal Mental Health Service.