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West of Scotland Mother and Baby Unit

Scotland’s first Mother and Baby Unit is located at Leverndale Hospital in Glasgow

The Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) admits women who are experiencing severe mental illness in the later stages of pregnancy or if their baby is under 12 months old.  The six bedded unit enables mothers to be supported in caring for their baby whilst having care and treatment for a range of mental illnesses including:

  • postnatal depression
  • postpartum psychosis
  • severe anxiety disorders
  • eating disorders.

Maintaining this contact is critical to the wellbeing of both mother and baby as it not only aids the mother’s recovery but also strengthens the mother-infant relationship and infant development.

We offer a wide range of medical, psychological and psychosocial interventions to women from across the West of Scotland. The unit is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals including:

  • psychiatrists
  • mental health nurses
  • nursery nurses
  • a social worker
  • a psychologist
  • health visitor
  • nursing assistants
  • administrators
  • input from other health disciplines as required.

Information for patients

FAQ for MBU inpatients

• Virtual tour of the West of Scotland Mother & Baby Unit

 MBU Family Fund

If your partner or someone you care for is in a Mother and Baby Unit (MBU), you are entitled to financial help with travel, meal costs and accommodation

Find out more


Information for Referrers

Referrals to the unit are accepted from mental health professionals, general practitioners, health visitors and maternity staff for assessment by our team.

For referrals from out with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde the woman should be assessed by a local psychiatrist in the first instance. The West of Scotland MBU serves the following NHS boards:

  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Argyll area of NHS Highland
  • NHS Western Isles

Admission can be agreed from other board areas following discussion with the team.



Contact us
West of Scotland Mother & Baby Unit
Leverndale Hospital
510 Crookston Road
Glasgow G53 7TU
Tel: 0141 211 6500

Last Updated: 23 February 2021