Support and what to expect
Staff are on the ward 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will understand your mental health problems and will be there to give you help and support. There will always be someone to talk to, at any time of the day or night, and staff will make sure that you and your baby are looked after. They will help you to care for your baby yourself as much as possible.
Your baby will usually sleep in your room with you. If you need more sleep to help you recover, staff can take care of your baby through the night.
Staff will support you to feed your baby whether you have chosen breastfeeding, bottle feeding or a combination of the two.
You will have regular meetings with the staff team. This will ensure they understand why you became unwell, agree a plan for your care and review your treatment and progress.
Your partner, or other family members, will be invited to join these meetings if you want them to. Other professionals involved in your care will also sometimes attend. This may include your midwife, health visitor, care co-ordinator or social worker.
You will have a care plan which will outline your treatment. It will also include support to help you recover and to help keep you well when you go back home.