Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 507–513 | Cite as

A 10-year history of perinatal care at the Brockington Mother and Baby Unit Stafford

  • Debra J. Green
  • Kristina Hofberg
  • Caroline Carr
  • Tina Fanneran
  • Athula Sumathipala
Original Article


Perinatal mother and baby units are an essential service for women suffering from perinatal mental illness by allowing the baby to stay with the mother whilst receiving inpatient mental health care. Such units enable the mother to develop a relationship with her baby in a safe and supportive environment whilst caring for her mental health needs and allow her to gain confidence in her role as a mother. This article presents the development of the Brockington Mother and Baby unit and its progressive advancement towards an exemplary service for women suffering from perinatal mental illness. The Brockington Mother and Baby unit (MBU) at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (SSSFT) is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is one of six MBUs accredited as excellent by the Royal College of Psychiatry (RCPsych). The unit is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Quality Care Network and thereby adheres to their national standard of care. This article describes the journey from a single lone worker in perinatal mental health to an exemplary service caring for women with perinatal mental illness during the first 12 months following the birth of their child.


Perinatal Mother and baby unit Service development Mental health 



The authors would like to acknowledge the Brockington Mother and Baby unit team, the SSSFT community team and the SSSFT liaison team for their contribution to the perinatal service in South Staffordshire and Shropshire.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation TrustSt George’s HospitalStaffordUK
  2. 2.Research Institute for Primary Care & Health SciencesKeele UniversityStaffordshireUK

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