CWH Counselling Service


Which NICU are you based in? Exeter Neonatal Unit

More than 40% of NICU mums experience postnatal depression (compared to 5-10 percent of mothers who deliver at full-term without complication) and more than half report symptoms of anxiety and PTSD. And that is why the right support is so important.

The Centre for Women’s Health Counselling Service was established over 25 years ago and was formed initially because there was recognition of the emotional challenges faced by parents when their neonatal baby was sick and the importance of providing bereavement counselling support if a baby died.

Vicky and Louise are our Centre for Women’s Health counsellors. They provide additional support for parents when a baby is born early or sick and hospitalised on the neonatal unit.


In some cases, when the impact of baby’s birth or hospitalisation has had a greater psychological impact, Vicky can also provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) an evidenced based therapy recommended by NHS for treatment of trauma.


Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Did you know, a ventilator costs on average £25,000

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

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