TMS treatment for postnatal depression

Postnatal depression is a form of depression that begins in the months following pregnancy. It can feel like a black cloud is surrounding a special time in your life; TMS can help this black cloud to lift.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative approach to treating both ante- and postnatal depression. It’s a non-invasive therapy that uses magnetic pulses to calm the areas of your brain that control our mood and motivation.

As many as 1 in every 10 mothers suffers from postnatal depression (PND) in the months and years following the birth of their baby. Postnatal depression affecting fathers and partners is less commonly spoken about, but a very real possibility.

During the first two weeks post-birth, a new mother is likely to be anxious, exhausted and tearful as a result of the massive life changes she's gone through. These feelings become more of a worry if they persist beyond this point. Symptoms of PND include:
• A persistent feeling of sadness;
• Loss of feelings of enjoyment and interest;
• Difficulty sleeping, even though you know you need to rest;
• Difficulty bonding with the new baby;
• Problems making decisions;
• Scary thoughts – for instance, thinking about hurting your baby.

Traditional methods of dealing with the symptoms of depression – from medication to therapy – don’t always work. Many medications aren’t suitable to be used during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding because they are systemic – this means that they can affect the whole body and transfer to the baby. TMS is targeted on the area of the brain that causes the condition, rather than flooding the body with chemicals and safe for expectant and breastfeeding mothers.

Research has shown that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can reduce the symptoms in those suffering with postnatal depression.

With no anaesthetic, no need for hospitalisation and no recovery time, it’s a safe and effective alternative to traditional treatments, with fewer side-effects than medication.

How does TMS treatment work for postnatal depression?

The treatment works by stimulating the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that controls mood, motivation and social skills. Instead of numbing emotions, as medication can do, TMS treatment gets to the root of the problem by resetting brain patterns and pathways using targeted magnetic pulses.

A course of TMS for postnatal depression usually involves 30 sessions of treatment which take place over a period of three to six weeks. Each treatment lasts 30 minutes, and some patients are able to have more than one session a day.

What our patients say

Even after my PND diagnosis, I didn't receive any treatment as I had decided to breastfeed my son until he self-weaned and I was concerned about how tablets would affect him. TMS gave me the option to avoid medication completely!

Mrs E*

I felt guilty for not enjoying the first months as a mum but a black cloud surrounded me. Since having TMS treatment, the cloud has lifted and I can enjoy my children, and they can enjoy their mummy, too.


My wife's depression was tough on us all and the side effects of antidepressants seemed to make her feel worse. Finding out that TMS could get to the root of the problem without the nasty side effects was amazing for our family.

Mr P*

Continuous Care

Life has it’s ups and downs and it’s for that reason that we recognise how important quality on-going care is. Our Continuous Care aftercare programme is designed as maintenance therapy after you’ve gone into remission from postnatal depression. As TMS is safe for use during pregnancy, you could keep receiving Continuous Care treatment throughout any subsequent pregnancies, too.

The Continuous Care maintenance packages available for bipolar patients include:

  • Smart TMS Monthly: A monthly TMS “top up” to keep you feeling your best.
  • Smart TMS On-Demand: A membership scheme that entitles you to exclusive discounts should you feel as though you’re relapsing post-treatment

Have you had TMS treatment for bipolar at another clinic? Smart TMS can offer you maintenance therapy, too!

Learn more about Continuous Care

Is TMS right for me?

Both antenatal and postnatal depression are treatable, and Smart TMS can help.

Most people are suitable to receive TMS treatment.

To help you make up your mind about treatment, our practitioners offer pre-arranged clinic visits to answer any questions you have and show you the TMS machine.

If you would like to arrange a clinic visit, call the team on 0345 222 5678.


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