Mother and Baby Mental Health Unit
The Fiona Stanley Hospital Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) is an eight-bed inpatient unit located in the Fiona Stanley Hospital Mental Health Unit.
The MBU provides treatment for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or psychosis in late pregnancy and during the postnatal period.
The MBU admits women living within the South Metropolitan Health Service area, as well as rural and remote Western Australia. External referrals will also be considered.
Women can choose to be admitted as a public or private patient, with no out-of-pocket costs for Medicare/ privately eligible patients.
Women are first advised to discuss their mental health concerns with their GP or ongoing health care professional, who can then refer them to the MBU if necessary. Read more in the Mother and Baby Mental Health Unit brochure (PDF 476KB).
The MBU care model focuses on mental health treatment and attachment between the mother and baby. Babies up to the age of 12 months who are not walking are able to stay with their mother on the MBU.
The MBU includes a diverse clinical multi-disciplinary team:
- consultant psychiatrist
- psychiatric registrar and medical officer
- nurse unit manager
- clinical nurse specialist
- registered mental health nurses, general nurses, enrolled nurses and mothercraft nurses
- clinical psychologist
- occupational therapist
- senior social worker
Once admitted, mother and baby will participate in a variety of therapeutic interventions, including individual sessions, a group program and nursing care (including mothercraft support). Patients may also be referred to other hospital departments such as maternity (midwife and lactation consultants) and paediatric services, if required.
The MBU aims to effectively assess and treat significant mental health issues.
The facilities are designed to support the mother in meeting her baby’s needs.
Partners and families are encouraged to be involved in the mother’s care as much as possible, and prior to admission, families will be advised of what to bring to the Unit.
Other support services
In the case of an emergency or crisis please dial 000 or visit your nearest Emergency Department.
Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)
Metro callers phone 1300 555 788 (local call)
Peel callers phone 1800 676 822 (free call)
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) national helpline
Monday to Friday
10am – 5pm AEST
Phone 1300 726 306
24 hours a day / 7 day a week service