New perinatal mental health mother and baby unit transforms care for mothers and babies in the South West

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Devon Partnership NHS Trust has opened the first of four new Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) in the country, funded by NHS England as part of a national transformation programme for perinatal mental health. The trust has re-purposed space at its Wonford House HQ in Exeter as a four-bed temporary MBU, allowing expectant and new mothers with serious mental health needs to be cared for with their babies. Before this interim service opened, mothers in the South West in need of specialist perinatal mental healthcare often had to travel long distances, as did their families.