Expecting a baby and becoming a parent can be a time filled with happiness and joy but it is also emotionally and physically challenging and it's normal to feel overwhelmed.  We offer tailored support to people in the Perinatal period (when you are expecting a baby, up until the child’s 1st birthday).

At Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies, we understand that this period can come with additional stress and life changes which can impact on levels of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

What we offer:

At Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies, we offer free, confidential talking therapy for people who have a range of emotional difficulties during the perinatal period. We also “fast track” people within the Perinatal period and therefore you will be assessed and access therapy quicker.

We can offer:

  • Support with low mood, sadness and tearfulness
  • Help with anxiety, worry and stress
  • Understanding difficult or unexpected feelings towards pregnancy or baby
  • Help with difficulty sleeping (even if baby is sleeping ok)
  • How to manage thoughts that you are not a good parent, or that you cannot cope
  • Support with anxiety about labour or struggling to come to terms with a difficult birth.

Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies is a family friendly service, and your therapy can be completed via telephone or video call, if this is easier.  We also have face to face appointments available in venues with baby change facilities and pram accessible rooms.  Additionally we have a fully online course via SilverCloud which is tailored to the Perinatal period, this can be accessed 24/7 and you do not need to attend appointments.

Part of our Perinatal offer is access to our Perinatal Workshops which are online sessions focusing on: Sleep for you and baby and bonding with baby/bump. You can find out more on our courses and workshops page. 

How can I access the service?

There are three ways that you can refer to Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies:

  1. Fill in our simple and secure online self referral form.
  2. Or, prefer to call us? Please call 01274 221234 (Monday – Friday – 09:00AM – 05:00PM) to speak to Bradford District Talking Therapies Administration team.
  3. Alternatively, speak to your GP or healthcare professional. You can ask them to make a referral for you.

Needing more urgent support?

The perinatal period can come with additional risks as pregnancy and being a new parent can be such a challenging time.

  •  Are you feeling hopeless or incompetent as a parent?
  • Do you feel you have not bonded with your baby/bump?
  • Do you have negative thoughts about yourself as a parent or your ability to cope?
  • Are you seeing/hearing things that others cannot?
  • Have you self harmed over the last 2 weeks or had thoughts to end your life?

If you are expecting a baby, or have a little one under 1, and answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions above, please seek support from First Response, available for people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven. Call 0800 952 1181 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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