Around 1 in 5 women will experience a mental health issue during pregnancy or within around a year after giving birth.
It can be difficult to express how you feel and to try to share your feelings with those close to you. In our experience, being able to talk to someone who isn't directly involved, like a counsellor, can be helpful.
FPA’s pregnancy counselling service has over 30 years of experience working with women who've experienced complex emotions as part of being pregnant. Many of these feelings are often unspoken and can then feel unresolved.
Our service offers you a safe space to talk, and the support to begin to explore and understand your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement.
- We offer both individual and couple counselling.
- All our services are completely confidential.
- We aim to offer appointments within one week.
- We offer non-directive counselling in a safe environment.
To make an appointment, call 0345 122 8687.
We can talk to you about the following.
Whether it’s through miscarriage, stillbirth or termination, the loss of a pregnancy can have a huge impact on women and their families.It can often feel that society does very little to acknowledge this impact. This can create a sense of isolation, which in turn can lead to the belief that you have no right to express difficult feelings about your personal experience.
Many women experience trauma pre and/or post birth. It may be emotional or physical. It might relate to a difficult labour, an unplanned caesarean section, or emergency treatment during labour. Women can also experience trauma when the birth was uncomplicated.
Postnatal depression or anxiety
Postnatal depression or anxiety can affect women in different ways. It can be experienced by women whether their pregnancy has been complicated or straightforward.
Women often talk about the sense of isolation they feel, along with other emotions such as feeling sad and tearful for no apparent reason, struggling to cope with day to day tasks or feeling tired, irritable or angry. It can be difficult to understand and that can make it even more difficult to discuss.
Women also say they can have intense feelings of fear and panic, intrusive thoughts and sometimes insomnia. At times all of these feelings can become overwhelming. This may go on for some months.
- You have the right to acknowledge all of your experiences of pregnancy and to have those experiences valued.
- Counselling and support should be non-directive. This means that you'll be listened to, valued and understood and that the counsellor will not offer advice or try to direct you in any way.
Information and appointments
For more information or to make an appointment, call 0345 122 8687.