Will my baby be taken away?

Most women who have had mental health problems go on to be successful parents.

Pregnant woman looking down at her bump.

Social services will never take a baby into care just because the mother has a mental health problem. This would only happen if you and the baby’s dad can’t look after the baby safely (because of your mental health problem or for any other reason).

Mental health problems can usually be successfully managed through medication and/or psychological therapies. That’s why it’s really important to tell your midwife or doctor about your history of mental health problems, so they can sort out any treatment you may need if you become unwell again.

Some women worry that if they seek help for symptoms of mental illness, people may think they can’t care for their baby. But the opposite is true - seeking help and having treatment means you are doing the best for your baby, and this is good parenting.

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Last reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.

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