New Mother and Baby Units (MBU) announced

NHS England have announced the NHS trusts set to deliver more personalised care to expectant and new mums with serious mental ill health.  The four new Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) will allow women to stay with their babies while receiving the specialist care they need.

These new units will provide in-patient support for women and their babies with the most complex and severe needs who require hospital care, who are experiencing severe mental health crisis including very serious conditions like postpartum psychosis.

The four selected providers, with the first new mental health Mother and Baby unit expected to open in 2018, will be:

  • Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  • Devon NHS Partnership Trust
  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

There are currently 15 dedicated mother and baby units, the four new eight-bedded units will allow  more women to receive treatment with their babies. Areas will also receive a share of £15 million capital funding to support this ambitious development.

NHS England is also increasing bed numbers in the existing units, which will expand capacity by 49 per cent by the end of 2018/19.

More information can be found here.


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