On 4 March 2016, the RCOG celebrated International Women’s Day with an event focusing on ‘Joining up care in maternal mental health’.
Expert speakers provided insights into the challenges involved in providing effective, joined-up maternal mental health care, while women with experience of mental health problems before, during and after pregnancy shared their stories. Delegates also took part in a number of workshops to develop practical checklists to help them improve their practice.
You can watch videos of the presentations via the links below:
- Introduction and welcome
Dr David Richmond, RCOG President, and Professor Lesley Regan, RCOG Vice President of Strategic Development
- Why maternal mental health matters: a personal story of postnatal depression
Maria Viner, Mothers for Mothers
- Maternal mental health: historical perspectives
Dr Liz McDonald, Chair of the Perinatal Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Advances in knowledge
Professor Ian Jones, Director, National Centre for Mental Health and Professor of Perinatal Psychiatry, Cardiff University
- Why maternal mental health matters: a personal story of postpartum psychosis
Kathryn Grant, Action on Postpartum Psychosis
- The view from the primary care frontline: the GP’s perspective
Dr Judy Shakespeare, Clinical Champion for Perinatal Mental Health, Royal College of General Practitioners
- The view from the National Clinical Directors: improving maternal mental health services
Delegates attended one of four interactive workshops to identify ways to use the learning from the presentations to improve practice. Each group developed a checklist summarising the workshops, which you can download below:
The event as it happened
To follow the event as it happened, please visit our International Women’s Day 2016 Storify page.
You can also see all of the photographs from the event on our International Women’s Day 2016 Flickr page.
Find out more
For more information about International Women’s Day, please visit the UN website.
Our 2015 International Women’s Day event focused on ‘Working together to stop gender-based domestic violence’. You can view presentations from the day, and download a checklist containing hints and tips for healthcare professionals, from the IWD 2015 page.