"Parent and baby day service, Bucknall Hospital"

About: North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust / Adult mental health

(as the patient),

I was horrified recently to hear that this phenomenal unit was due to close - I relied on the service heavily during my pregnancy as I developed ante-natal depression and was already having a difficult pregnancy. I suffer obsessive compulsive disorder and chose to get through my pregnancy without medication as the tablets I take for my condition are dangerous to an unborn child. My therapist kept me going and made it possible for me to continue the pregnancy without medication.

Once my son was born I developed post-natal depression and again, the service helped me through it. Sadly my baby was later diagnosed with a devastating and rare illness, without the incredible support of the unit I don't know how I would have coped. They truely saved my life and gave my beautiful son his mum back. Not only that but my husband got his wife back, at one stage I wasn't sure what would be left of me and whether I would be the same woman I was before. With the help of the unit I've come through the darkest days and have hope again.

To lose this service would be disasterous - they are a life line to a huge number of families.

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Response from North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear Samsmum , thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to make this post. It is also very useful for us to have your feedback about the Parent and Baby Day Unit.

I am pleased I can reassure you there have been no plans to at all to close the Parent and Baby Day Unit. The Unit has to move , following the Phase One Consultation , when Bucknall Hospital closes, but we have found an alternative where it can run along the same lines.

We value our Parent and Baby Day Unit and want to keep providing this service. If we do have to consider any changes in future, we will certainly have open discussions with past and present service users and other interested groups early, before we even make any plans. Looking after parents and their children is one of our highest priorities

Best wishes

Christine Leaman

Clinical Director

Adult Division