Mental health problems affect 20% of women in the perinatal period and suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality. Many women are not recognised as being unwell and go untreated. Stigma in relation to mental health problems is a further barrier to women seeking appropriate help and support. Specialist perinatal mental health services are being developed across the UK and there is a need for all professionals who work with women in pregnancy and the postnatal period to have skills in detecting, assessing and managing the conditions.
This 2 day intensive course for obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwives, health visitors, GPs and mental health professionals will increase understanding of maternal mental disorders (nature, course, assessment and management) and the associated skills required in maternity services. The course will be delivered by experts from psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, obstetrics and midwifery in Perinatal Mental Health and the content will reflect the HEE PMH Competency Framework objectives.
- To enable obstetrics and gynaecology doctors, midwives and allied professionals to identify and understand the aetiology, nature and course of mental health problems in pregnancy and the first year following childbirth
- To understand the characteristics of disorders in the perinatal period which contribute to complexity and risk across physical, emotional and social domains
- To enable participants to reflect on the role of stigma as a barrier to effective identification and management of mental disorders
- To understand current developments in relation to services, care pathways and clinical networks
- To understand that each discipline has a role to play in the care of women with mental disorders and to understand multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working and the need for good communication
- To update professionals on the latest developments in management and treatment of mental disorders in the perinatal period (including physical and psychological strategies)
- To understand the effects of maternal mental health problems on the developing fetus and infant
- To understand what interventions may help with the mother-infant relationship
- To understand how the participants can contribute to the development and provision of services
Who Should Attend?
- All Consultants, SAS Doctors and Trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Nurse Specialists
- Obstetric anaesthetists
- Obstetric physicians
- Medical Students
Dr Karen Joash MRCOG, London
Dr Liz McDonald FRCPsych, MPhil, DU, London
Dr Maddalena Miele MRCPsych, D Phil, London
Honorary Director of Conferences
Mr Philip Toozs-Hobson FRCOG, Birmingham
Honorary Deputy Director of Conference
Mr Andrew Sizer FRCOG, Shropshire