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Perinatal Mental Health Annual Meeting

Start: 10/10/2019 09:00
End: 11/10/2019 17:15

Location: RCOG
Programme: Perinatal Mental Health.pdf

Mental disorders affect 20% of women in the perinatal period and are one of the leading causes of maternal mortality. Many of the women with these problems 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. Services for maternal mental health problems are not available in more than 50% of the UK and there is a lack of skills across the disciplines in detecting, assessing and managing the conditions as well as in service development.

This 2 day intensive course for obstetricians, gynaecologists and midwives 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.

Learning 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 understand the impact of birth trauma and tokophobia
  • 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 the role of a Fathers with regards to mental health
  • 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
  • Midwives
  • Nurse Specialists
  • Obstetric anaesthetists and physicians
  • Neonatologists
  • Medical Students

Course Organisers

Dr Karen Joash MRCOG, London

Dr Miele Maddalena FRCPsych, London

Honorary Co-Directors of Conferences

Mr Philip Toozs-Hobson FRCOG, Birmingham

Mr Andrew Sizer FRCOG, Shrewsbury


The registration fee (inclusive of online discount and VAT at 20%) for this event is:

Full Conference (Thursday 10 - Friday 11 October)

  • Standard rate: £565.00
  • Member Rate: £510.00
  • Trainee Rate: £455.00
  • AHP Rate: £380.00

One day (Thursday 10 or Friday 11 October)

  • Standard rate: £355.00
  • Member Rate: £305.00
  • Trainee Rate: £240.00
  • AHP Rate: £225.00

How to book

  1. Sign into the RCOG website or create your account here – you need to be registered with the RCOG website to book on to an event
  2. Check that your card billing address is listed in ‘My account’ > ‘My details’ > ‘Addresses’, as you will need this in order to complete your booking
  3. Check that your details are correct in ‘My account’ > ‘My details’ > ‘Career stage’, as we will use this to calculate your registration fee
  4. Return to this page
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the booking form, which will appear once you are logged in

Alternatively, you can book using the postal booking form, although if you book using this method you will not receive the £10 online discount.

For any queries regarding this event, please contact:

Andreia Dias, Events Co-ordinator

For any queries regarding sponsorship and exhibition, please contact:

Natasha Breckwold, Sponsorship and Exhibitions Lead

  • Tel: +44 20 7772 6490
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