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Perinatal Mental Health Clinic

Mental health problems can occur during pregnancy and after childbirth. One in ten women have symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness, or an exacerbation of an existing mental health problem.

The perinatal mental health clinic started in November 2012. The clinic is run by a cohesive and highly motivated team comprising a Consultant Psychiatrist, a Consultant Obstetrician and the Manchester Specialist Midwifery Services in Perinatal mental health, drugs and alcohol.

We have developed a traffic light system by which patients are divided into high risk (red), intermediate risk (amber) or low risk (green).

Women with a history of severe mental health problems are at high risk of relapse in the perinatal period, therefore they require careful management throughout pregnancy and during the postnatal period. This can minimise or prevent recurrence or worsening of the mental health illness which will reduce the impact of this on the woman and her family.

In our clinic we see patients in the high risk category, these include patients with bipolar, schizophrenia and severe depression.

Patients have a robust care plan which is tailored to their needs.



Clinic is held in the Antenatal Department, Ground Floor, Saint Mary's Hospital fornightly on Wednesday afternoon.


Our staff include:

Dr Angelika Wieck, Consultant Psychiatrist.

Consultant Obstetrician.

Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Specialist Midwife.


Conditions dealt with:

  • Bipolar.
  • Schizophrenia.
  • Severe depression.
  • Severe anxiety.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Suicide attempt.
  • Family history of severe mental illness.

What is offered to patients?

The service provides comprehensive advice, psychiatric and psychological assessment, medication advice while pregnant and when breast feeding.

Where required patients are referred or sign posted to other agencies that offer help and support, such as housing, counselling services or support groups. We also highlight and act on any safeguarding issues.


How do I access the service?

Patients are referred to our service at booking by their midwife.



Dr Wieck's secretary (0161) 291 6930 or (0161) 291 6930  

Consultant Obstetrician's secretary (0161) 701 7158 or (0161) 701 7158

Specialist midwives (0161) 701 3522



Saint Mary's Annual Awards - Team of the Year 2013.


Useful website/Information links:

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Sure Start

Home Start

National Phobics/Self-Help Services (Zion Community Resource Centre)

Miscarriage Association



SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) Domestic Abuse