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Hertfordshire Perinatal Trauma and Loss Care (P-TLC)

Perinatal TLC is a psychology-led, county-wide specialist service for women and birthing people, who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties as a direct result of a:

  • perinatal loss of any kind (e.g., fertility difficulties, miscarriage at any stage of gestation, terminations for any reason, still birth and infant loss),
  • birth trauma/adverse maternity experience(s) and
  • severe birthing-related anxiety (tokophobia).

The Service is welcomes adults (18+ years) from all backgrounds, cultures, and identities, who are registered with a Hertfordshire GP Practice. We aim to develop an accessible and inclusive resource that is sensitive to the unique needs of each person we serve.

 Our Service Ethos

Our guiding principles are centred around the delivery of compassionate and trauma-informed care. We are committed to creating an accessible, psychologically safe, and non-judgmental space to allow clients to openly share their experiences.  

Our highly trained and specialist staff draw upon evidence-based interventions to collaboratively support patients, and the wider workforce, with the prevention and promotion of emotional wellbeing, meaningful change and recovery.

About Us

We are a small group of professionals made up of:

  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • A specialist Midwife
  • A Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist
  • Service Manager

 Our Offer

  • Comprehensive assessment and signposting
  • Preconception counselling and birth planning
  • Advice and consultation with partners and families
  • Maternity liaison
  • Evidence-based individual and group-based psychological interventions
  • Training, consultation and advice to referring colleagues and health professionals.

Professionals wishing to make a referral may complete this form and email hpft.perinataltlc@nhs.net

Should you have any questions about the service, or if you would like to discuss an individual who may benefit from our service, then please contact us via our email hpft.perinataltlc@nhs.net

Once a referral has been received, the referral will be discussed in our weekly Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to consider the client’s needs and what may be the most appropriate support for them, whether this is within the Perinatal TLC or another service. We aim to respond to referrals within 5 working days. If suitability of the service is agreed, we will be in touch directly to offer an initial appointment.

For self-referrals, please review ‘Information for Service Users’ where details on how to make contact with Perinatal TLC can be found.

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