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.


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. 

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. As much as possible we aim for you to see familiar faces at each visit, allowing personalised care throughout your contact with us.


How do I organise a referral? 

You will need a referral from your GP, mental health service, or private psychiatrist. More information for CAMI Consumers (PDF).


Last Updated: 17/12/2021