Mother and Baby Unit

The Mother Baby Unit (MBU) is an 8-bed inpatient unit located within the King Edward Memorial Hospital campus.

The MBU provides treatment for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or psychosis in late pregnancy and during the postnatal period.

The MBU is not an emergency or crisis service. Women requiring urgent care can access this through MHERL or local emergency departments.

Women are first advised to discuss their mental health concerns with their GP or health care professional, who can then refer them to the MBU if necessary.

The MBU admits women who have birthed at KEMH, women living within the North Metropolitan Health Service area as well as rural and remote Western Australia. External referrals will also be considered.

Women can choose to be admitted as a public or private patient, with no out-of-pocket costs for Medicare/ privately eligible patients.

Mother Baby Unit services

The MBU model of care focuses on the assessment and treatment of mental health issues and the attachment between mother and baby. Babies up to the age of 12 months who are not walking are able to stay with their mother on the MBU. Once admitted, mother and baby will participate in a variety of therapeutic interventions, including individual sessions, group programs and nursing care (including mothercraft support). Patients may also be referred to other hospital departments such as maternity (midwife and lactation consultants) and paediatric services, if required.

The facilities are designed to support the mother in meeting her baby’s needs. Partners and families are encouraged to be involved in the mother’s care as much as possible, and prior to admission, families will be advised of what to bring to the unit.

The MBU multi-disciplinary clinical team includes: 

  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Medical Officer
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Registered mental health nurses, general nurses, enrolled nurses and mothercraft nurses
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Dietician
  • Pharmacist.

More information

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 1799
Fax: (08) 6458 1790


11 Loretto Street
Subiaco WA 6009

Emergency contacts

In the case of an emergency or crisis please dial 000 or visit your nearest Emergency Department.

Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)
Metro Tel: 1300 555 788 (local call)
Peel Tel:  1800 676 822 (free call)

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) national helpline
Monday to Friday
10am – 5pm AEST
Tel: 1300 726 306

Women and their babies 0-12 months may be admitted to the inpatient program if they have significant mental health problems following the birth of a baby such as severe depression, anxiety or a psychotic illness such as a bipolar mood disorder or schizophrenia.