Do you want to know more about bipolar and postpartum psychosis?

Postpartum psychosis is a serious mental illness that can occur after childbirth. Women with a diagnosis of bipolar are at a higher risk of developing postpartum psychosis.

Postpartum psychosis is a medical emergency and you should seek support straightaway if you suspect yourself or someone you know is becoming unwell.

This page provides information and links to resources that will give more information about bipolar, pregnancy and childbirth.

Bipolar disorder, pregnancy and childbirth

This booklet, produced with the National Centre for Mental Health, and APP - Action on Postpartum Psychosis, provides information for women, partners and families.

Download this leaflet as a PDF

Check out our useful links

You can find links to websites and organisations that can also offer specialised information about women, bipolar and postpartum psychosis. Find our useful links here...

Join our eCommunity

The Bipolar UK eCommunity is a safe and secure online forum for you to share your experiences and talk to others affected by bipolar. It has a category dedicated to Pregnancy and childbirth. The eCommunity is open 24 hours, every day of the year. Join our eCommunity today...

Call or email us

With advice on how to support a loved one, information on how to manage your bipolar and links to useful support services, we're here to help.


Listen to our podcast on Bipolar, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Psychiatrist Dr Ian Jones talks to bipolar researcher Dr Clare Dolman, about how bipolar can affect women, particularly during pregnancy and after birth. Listen to the podcast...

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP)

APP is a network of women and families who have experiences postpartum psychosis, academics and mental health professionals. APP provide information and peer support for families and carry out research to understand more about postpartum psychosis. Read their Insider Guides...

Read our Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to lots of questions about bipolar and living with the condition. Read our Frequently Asked Questions...

Visit our blog

Read Helen's experience of managing bipolar throughout her pregnancy. Visit our blog - the challenge of childbirth

Would you like to help with research?

The Bipolar Disorder Research Network are currently carrying out research that we hope will lead to better prediction and treatments for episodes of illness following childbirth in women with bipolar disorder. Find out more...