Childbirth and Mental Illness Service

Becoming a parent is a life-changing journey. It can be a time of happiness, but also a time of uncertainty and anxiety.

If you have a severe mental illness (SMI), the Childbirth and Mental Illness (CAMI) Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) may be able to support you and your family on your journey to parenthood.

What is the CAMI Service?

The CAMI Service is provided for women with SMI such as schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, or a past history of psychosis around pregnancy and childbirth. Women with other mental health issues may also be eligible for this service.

The CAMI Service includes pre-conception counselling through the Department of Psychological Medicine, as well as pregnancy, birthing and postnatal care through the CAMI Antenatal Clinic, and the Mother and Baby Unit.

Why CAMI?

We are a team of health professionals passionate about providing women and their families with specialised mental health care from pre-conception through to your baby’s first birthday. As much as possible we aim for you to see familiar faces at each visit, allowing personalised care throughout your contact with us.

Pre-Conception Counselling

Before you become pregnant you (and your partner or support person) can meet with a psychiatrist to discuss how to prepare for a pregnancy so as to maximise your own mental health as well as the health and wellbeing of your baby.

CAMI Antenatal Clinic

The CAMI Team will provide personalised antenatal care, mental health monitoring, and medication advice and planning for childbirth and the post-natal period. This includes mental health support during obstetric admissions to KEMH. You will create a written Pregnancy and Early Postnatal Care Plan with the CAMI Team to guide you, your chosen support people, and your health care providers.

Mother and Baby Unit (MBU)

KEMH has a Mother and Baby Unit on site. You can be referred to MBU if a mental health admission is required during pregnancy and the postnatal period.

Support in the Community

Throughout your pregnancy journey, the CAMI Team can liaise with your GP, community mental health team, or private psychiatrist to ensure you have ongoing care. We can also introduce you to community agencies that can further support you and your family.

What happens next?

The CAMI Team considers all referrals received. If your referral meets the criteria you will be offered an appointment. If the CAMI Service is not right for you, you and your health professional will be contacted, and other options suggested. This may include referral to another specialist clinic at KEMH.

What if I live in a rural or remote area?

The CAMI Service at KEMH has a video conferencing service available. This means you and your local health care professionals can work together with the CAMI Team throughout your pregnancy.

How do I organise a referral?

You will need a referral from your GP, mental health service, or private psychiatrist. This referral can be faxed or mailed to the Triage Officer Department of Psychological marked “CAMI”.

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 1521 
Fax: (08) 6458 1111

Location

King Edward Memorial Hospital
375 Bagot Road
Subiaco
WA 6008