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Mother and baby mental health unit to open in Dartford

Thursday 18th January 2018

 

A new mother who was forced to spend months far from home with mental health problems has been helping design a new mother and baby residential unit.

The new unit, which opens in Dartford in the summer, will support mothers from Kent, Surrey and Sussex experiencing perinatal ill health.

Previously, vulnerable women needing specialist care have faced being placed in a unit up to 200 miles from home.

Zoe Gibson said the new unit would be “a home away from home”.

The Canterbury mother-of-two was admitted to a specialist mother and baby unit in south London unit six years ago after the birth of her first child.

She stayed there for five months with her son, at a time when she felt “her own mind was attacking her”, but the unit was a 100-mile round trip from her home, which meant it was difficult for her partner to visit.

 

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