Bolton’s first specialist perinatal mental health clinic has celebrated its first anniversary.

The clinic for women in Bolton is run by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust.

It was created to support mums to prevent mental health problems.

Natalie Patterson joined the Trust last year as Bolton’s first specialist perinatal mental health midwife, receiving a Chief Midwifery Officer Silver Award for her work.

She said: “This was the first service of its kind in this area. We’re delighted to be leading the way in what is such an important area of health for women and new mums.

“Being able to see women in a specialist clinic in maternity and develop individual plans of care in collaboration with women and their families means we are able to offer appropriate care and support to those who may be at risk of developing, or are struggling, with their mental health to improve outcomes for mums and babies.”

1 in 4 women will experience an issue with their mental health in the perinatal period – from pregnancy up to a year after giving birth.

The team helps women who are at risk of, or have developed a mental health problem.

They can also refer them for additional support and specialist input.

The group is run weekly in the antenatal clinic at Royal Bolton Hospital.

A specialist team of three specialist mental health midwives, a consultant perinatal psychiatrist and a consultant obstetrician is on hand at the sessions.

They see women in community settings as well as the hospital.

A midwife-led clinic for women with moderate mental health issues in pregnancy is also available.