Psychiatric Referral, Assessment and Management of Mothers and Babies Service (PRAMMBS)

Mother and baby unit

PRAMMBS consists of Andersen Ward Mother and Baby Unit, the Perinatal Clinic and a Perinatal Liaison Service operating within Manchester.

To make a referral to PRAMMBS, please use the Perinatal Clinic Referral Form.

Andersen Ward

Andersen Ward is a Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) which covers the entire North West. The unit's core purpose is to provide a consistently high level of quality specialist mental health care to both women who are pregnant and mothers following child birth.

Central to the philosophy of the MBU is to promote the mother and baby relationship within a secure and supportive environment while incorporating evidence based practice drawn from the fields of both peri-natal and general mental health knowledge.

The time around childbearing may make some women vulnerable to recurrences of, or new mental health problems. In cases of depression, puerperal psychosis and other mental disorders, the separation of mother and baby can create a secondary disturbance of bonding.

The unit provides comprehensive advice, medical and psychological assessment and treatment for women with previous or current mental health problems who have recently given birth, are pregnant or who wish to become pregnant. It also offers support and supervision which is tailored to the individuals needs to promote and ensure the infants safety.

The unit is run by professionals who have longstanding experience in perinatal psychiatry and work as a cohesive and highly motivated team. The team includes a Consultant Psychiatrist, In-patient Nurses, Nursery Nurses, and a Clinical Psychologist and also has access to Occupational Health Services and Physiotherapists.

Mothers who are admitted to the ward may be experiencing maternal mental health difficulties such as post-natal depression or post-partum psychosis or an exacerbation of existing mental health difficulties such as schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder.

The involvement of partners, family members and friends is encouraged and the unit offers support and education for all who visit.

Andersen Ward provides facilities for up to ten mothers and babies including:

  • Single rooms with separate shower rooms.
  • Two nurseries
  • A dining area
  • A fully equipped milk kitchen
  • An observation room
  • A fenced garden, patio and outside play area
  • A ladies only lounge
  • A self-contained flat

In addition to the above Andersen Ward, with prior agreement and discussion, also offer a Parenting Assessment service for those who are considered by the local authority to present an identified or potential risk to their child as a result of existing mental health problems.

Perinatal Liaison Service

Mental health issues can occur during pregnancy and after childbirth (the perinatal period). One in ten women may have symptoms ranging from  anxiety to severe depression,  or an exacerbation of existing mental health difficulties.

Assessment in the antenatal period (before birth) can minimise or prevent reoccurrence of mental illness and specialist care planning can reduce the impact of mental illness on children and partners as well as promote a positive childbirth experience for the mother.

The Perinatal Liaison Nurse

The Perinatal Liaison Nurse:

  • Offers referral and advice information to Health professionals
  • Promotes a perinatal advisory obstetric liaison service by providing referral advice between PRAMMBS and maternity services in North, South and Central Manchester
  • Provides an advisory referral link to Community Mental Health Teams at Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust as well as Primary Mental Health Care teams and Children's and Families Services
  • Advises on care planning and support for women seen in the Perinatal Outpatient Clinic in the Manchester area
  • Promotes multidisciplinary interagency working and offers education to other Health Professionals

Inspiring hope and showing how recovery can be a reality

Head Up, Heart Strong is a film created for and with families affected by perinatal mental health problems. It captures the stories of six incredible women who have experienced the most extreme episodes of perinatal depression and post-partum psychosis.

Click on the image to watch the film:

Head Up Heart Strong film image

Contact details


Andersen Ward

Telephone: 0161 291 6829

Fax: 0161 291 6821


Andersen Ward Mother and Baby Unit
Laureate House
Wythenshawe Hospital
Southmoor Road
M23 9LT

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