DR LUCINDA GREEN
MA MBBS MSc FRCPsych
I have been specialising in providing care for women with mental health problems who are planning a pregnancy, pregnant or postnatal as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS and private practice for nearly 20 years.
Whether or not you’ve seen a psychiatrist before, you may be worried about seeking help for mental health problems if you are pregnant or have a baby. You shouldn’t be. Around 1 in 5 women have mental health problems in pregnancy or the year after birth; it can happen to anyone. Having treatment and support means you are doing the best for you and your family.
Many mothers I have provided cared for have said it was a relief to be able to talk to someone who understands what they’re going through, doesn’t judge them and has the expertise to help them make decisions about their care. Even at the first appointment most women say that they feel much more relaxed than they expected.
My approach is to work collaboratively with you so that you can make informed choices about your care and treatment. This includes helping you weigh up the risks and benefits of taking medication in pregnancy and when breastfeeding so that you can decide what is best for you and your baby. I can advise you about any risk you have of becoming unwell in pregnancy and after birth and the treatment and support that will help you stay as well as possible. If you would like me to, I can speak to the other professionals involved in your care. I often work close in partnership with obstetricians, midwives, health visitors, GPs and other mental health teams. I work with a network of specialist psychologists and psychotherapists who I can refer you to if needed. You are always welcome to bring your partner, another family member or friend to some or all of your appointments if you want to. I aim to help women enjoy pregnancy and being a parent and to ensure the best outcomes for women and their families.
NHS consultant posts
From 2002 to 2016 I developed and led an innovative Perinatal Mental Health Service at St Thomas' Hospital, which was integrated with the maternity service and part of the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. In 2016 I moved to West London Mental Health Trust and became Perinatal Clinical Lead for a new perinatal mental health service for the boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham, and Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist for West Middlesex University Hospital.
Teaching and training
I have many years’ experience of teaching and training other professionals to help them to improve the care they provide for women with mental health problems in pregnancy and the postnatal period. This includes maternity staff, health visitors, GPs and mental health professionals. Several of the trainee psychiatrists who I supervised at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust have gone on to become Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrists themselves.
I have delivered lectures, workshops and masterclasses on perinatal mental health problems and the development of perinatal mental health services at regional and national events including at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal Society of Medicine.
I am a Visiting Lecturer in Perinatal Mental Health and a member of the Perinatal Faculty at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I am the lead for the Tavistock & Portman Digital Academy perinatal mental health courses. I have also designed, and teach, the Perinatal Mental Health Postgraduate Module, commissioned by Health Education England.
I am joint clinical lead for the Perinatal Mental Health Masterclass Programme for consultant and trainee psychiatrists (Royal College of Psychiatrists & Health Education England).
Developing services and improving care
I have always been very committed to the development of high quality perinatal mental health services and to improving care for women and families. I have held a number of regional and national roles including:
Chair of the South London and North West London Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Networks and Service Development Lead for the Pan London Perinatal Mental Health Network (2013 - 2017)
Joint lead for the Pan-London Perinatal Mental Health Network’s Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathway (2015)
Member of the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) Perinatal Guideline Development Group (2012) and co-author of the BAP consensus guidance on the use of psychotropic medication preconception, in pregnancy and postpartum (2017)
Elected member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Perinatal Faculty and lead for the development of a series of perinatal information leaflets for the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2008 - 2012). Two of these leaflets were highly commended at the BMA Patient Information Awards in 2019.
Chair of the London & South Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrists Association (2008 - 2011)
Mentor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists National Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrist Bursary Programme (2017 - 2018)
Expert adviser for the London Maternity Care Pathway (2009)
Medical training and qualifications
I studied Medicine at Cambridge University and Charing Cross Hospital Medical School (London University). I qualified as a doctor in 1993. I continued my psychiatric training in London and completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychiatry and Research at Imperial College, University of London.
1990: BA Medical Sciences (University of Cambridge)
1993 MBBS (Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, Imperial College, University of London)
1994 MA Medical Sciences (University of Cambridge)
1998 MSc Clinical Psychiatry and Research (Imperial College, University of London)
1998 MRCPsych (Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
2002 Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) General Adult and Liaison Psychiatry
2020 FRCPsych (Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
I am registered and licensed by the General Medical Council and am a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
I am approved by the Secretary of State under Section 12(2) of The Mental Health Act.
I have written numerous perinatal mental health publications: