Perinatal Psychiatry

Perinatal mental health problems occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. It is scary to face up to a mental health issue during this sensitive time but it is estimated that 20% of women are affected.

Ask for help if you have any mood changes that are affecting you for more than a few days, or are having an impact on your ability to do everyday tasks including taking care of your family.


We can help you if you

  • Already have a mental illness when you get pregnant.
  • Worry because you have had such problems in the past – this may make it more likely that you will become unwell during or after your pregnancy.
  • Develop a mental health problem for the first time during or after pregnancy or including postpartum depression, postpartum psychosis, perinatal OCD.



Our specialist consultant psychiatrist offers

  • Preconception advice for women with complex or severe mental health problems
  • Advice and monitoring on the risks and benefits of using mental health medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Assessment and treatment of any mental health issues that develop during or after pregnancy including guidance on family support and relationship with your infant.


Dr Manal El Maraghy
Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr El-Maraghy is a General Adult Psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience, having assessed and managed almost all aspects of Mental Health.Dr El-Maraghy has practiced in Cairo and the UK, often in multicultural regions, as she is fluent in Arabic and English, and with a good understanding of French

Dr El-Maraghy started her career in 1991, training at the Behman Hospital, Egypt, soon after graduating from Ain Shams Medical School. She then prepared for her MSc degree, working on a project looking at labile emotion with Cerebellar Stroke. In 1995, Dr El-Maraghy moved to U.K., to join the training scheme in Midland; then joined the senior training scheme in the Eastern Deanery. Furthermore, she has a Post-graduate Certificate in Psychotherapy, from Warwick University. Dr El-Maraghy is an active member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In addition to her private work, she is currently working as an NHS Consultant in Essex.

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