Pregnancy and Birth

The Child and Family Practice has a number of specialists who work with women, their partners and families when they are planning a pregnancy, pregnant, postnatal and in the early years of family life (the perinatal period).

What help is available?

The experience of pregnancy and birth can be mentally challenging for a number of reasons. About 1 in 5 women experience mental health difficulties during pregnancy and in the first year of their child’s life – this includes the exacerbation of pre-existing mental health problems as well as issues that were previously non-existent. Alongside all of the physical and mental challenges involved with pregnancy and birth, it can be a difficult time for relationships, and partners’ mental health can also be affected.

Pregnancy planning, assessment and treatment for women with pre-existing mental health problems, assessment and treatment for new mental health problems, advice about medication, help with parenting, and consultations and interventions regarding your baby’s health are just some of the options available. Psychological support is available to all new and expecting parents, no matter what they feel they may be struggling with.

How do I get in touch?

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Our Specialists

Dr Lucinda Green


Dr Lucinda Green

Categories: *Pregnancy and birth, Psychiatrists

Dr Lucinda Green is an expert in providing care for women with a wide range of mental health problems who are planning a pregnancy, pregnant or postnatal. She works collaboratively with women to help them make informed choices about their care and treatment. This includes helping women weigh up the risks and benefits of taking psychiatric medication in pregnancy and when breastfeeding. Dr Green can also advise women about their risk of developing mental health problems after birth (e.g. postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis and perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder). She can help women to develop an individualised plan for their care during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Dr Green is experienced in working in close partnership with obstetricians, midwives, health visitors and GPs.  Her aim is to help women enjoy pregnancy and having a baby, and to ensure the best care and outcomes for women and their families.

Dr Green studied Medicine at Cambridge University and Charing Cross Hospital Medical School (London University). She qualified as a doctor in 1993. She continued her psychiatric training in London and completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychiatry and Research at Imperial College, University of London. She has over 16 years’ experience as a consultant perinatal psychiatrist in the NHS. From 2002 to 2016 she developed and led an innovative perinatal mental health service integrated with the maternity service at St Thomas’ Hospital (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). She then moved to West London Mental Health Trust where she became Clinical Lead for a new perinatal mental health service for the boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham.

Dr Green has delivered lectures, workshops and masterclasses on perinatal mental health care and the development of perinatal mental health services at many regional and national conferences and courses. She has many years’ experience of teaching and training a range of professionals to help them to improve the care they provide for women with mental health problems in the perinatal period.  This includes midwives, obstetricians, health visitors, GPs, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. She is a Visiting Lecturer in perinatal mental health and a member of the perinatal faculty at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. She has many publications in the field of perinatal mental health.

Other roles Dr Green has held include the following:

  • Mentor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Building Capacity, Psychiatry Leadership in Perinatal Mental Health Services project (2017-2018)
  • Chair of the South London and North West London Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Networks and service development lead for the Pan London Perinatal Mental Health Network (2013-2017)
  • Joint lead for the Pan-London Perinatal Mental Health Network’s Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathway (2015)
  • Member of the British Association for Psychopharmacology Perinatal Guideline Development Group (2012)and co-author of the BAP consensus guidance on the use of psychotropic medication preconception, in pregnancy and postpartum (2017)
  • Elected member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Perinatal Faculty (2008-2012)
  • Lead for the Royal College of Psychiatrists series of perinatal mental health information leaflets (2008-2018).
  • Chair of the London and South Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrists Association (2008-2011)
  • Expert advisor for the London Maternity Care Pathway(2009)