Lavender Mother and Baby Unit
The Lavender Mother and Baby Unit is a four bed specialist state-wide acute service located at Gold Coast University Hospital. The unit provides specialist care for women who require admission to hospital for significant mental health difficulties in the first year following childbirth that impact on their ability to function in everyday life and to care for their child. Women and their babies will be admitted if the mother has significant mental health problems such as severe depression, anxiety, or a psychotic illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or postpartum psychosis who cannot be safely managed in the community.
The unit is supported by the Lavender Perinatal Mental Health Community Team who will assess and triage potential referrals to the Lavender unit and facilitate with discharge back to the referring service. Where a referral is not accepted, the team can provide consultation and liaison to develop a treatment plan and/or provide sign posting to local services.
Inpatient Services provided
The unit is led by a Consultant Psychiatrist who is supported by a multidisciplinary team of mental health nurses, occupational therapist, social worker, clinical psychologist, dietitian, physiotherapist, and Infant mental health liaison. Additionally, the service is supported by Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Community Child Health Service and Paediatrics regarding the baby’s health, wellbeing and development.
How to access the service
This service is accessed via medical practitioners and your local mental health services.
The Lavender Mother and Baby Unit provides specialist care for women who require admission to hospital for significant mental health difficulties in the year following childbirth that impact on their ability to function in everyday life and to care for their child.
This includes women with:
- postpartum psychosis
- relapse of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in the postpartum
- severe anxiety and/or depressive disorder
- women with complex mental health problems which may include a history of trauma, personality disorder and substance misuse that is impacting significantly on their parenting.
Who can refer?
- General practitioner
- Mental health services.
Opening hours: 8am-4pm