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Perinatal Mental health for Healthcare Visitors


Perinatal Mental Health Module1Module One – Perinatal depression and other maternal mental health disorders





Perinatal Mental Health Module2Module Two – How to recognise perinatal anxiety and depression






Perinatal Mental Health Module3Module Three – Interventions for perinatal anxiety, depression and related disorders





Maria's Story

Marias StoryThis video tells of Maria Bavetta’s experience with perinatal OCD.



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Perinatal Mental health 


Session 02 01Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health 1

This is the first of a series of five e-learning sessions aimed at raising awareness and understanding of mental health problems in the perinatal period. For the purpose of this series of sessions, the perinatal period refers to the period in which a woman is pregnant and the first year following the birth of that baby. It is aimed at all members of the multidisciplinary professional healthcare team who may come into contact with women during this time. It is recommended that after completing this initial session, you should complete subsequent sessions in the series to expand and consolidate your knowledge and understanding.



Session 02 02Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health 2

This session will explain the main symptoms and assessment of significant and serious perinatal mental illness, the recommended management strategies and the use of medication and pathways of care for women with mental illness during pregnancy and the postnatal period. It will also cover the nature and significance of red flags in perinatal mental illness.



Antenatal Care

Antenatal CareThis session aims to enable the development of knowledge and understanding around antenatal mental health care. It is designed to give an overview of the key aspects of antenatal care that would enable the delivery of high-quality care services to all women, but particularly those with a history of past or present mental health problems. It will outline the key aspects of assessment, management and referral of this client group, with particular emphasis on woman-centred mental health assessment and care planning.


Labour and Postnatal Care (until discharged from midwifery care)

Labour And Postnatal CareThis session has been designed to highlight the management of perinatal mood disorders. It discusses mental health conditions around the time of delivery and immediate postpartum period, when the woman is still under midwifery-led care. It also outlines good supportive care in certain conditions which (if present during this time) could lead to mental illness.


Later Postnatal Care (first year after birth)

Later Postnatal CareThe purpose of this session is to give all health professionals who come into contact with women during the period 10 to 14 days after birth to the end of the first year, information about how to identify and support women and their partners with postnatal mental health problems. This session will include reference to the need for health professionals to consider the impact of maternal mental ill-health on the mother, her baby and the relationship between them as well as the effects and consequences of various aspects of intimate partner relationships for maternal mental health. The session will describe options for assessment, treatment and support within the context of an integrated, stepped-care, family-centred model and evidence-based practice.




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