Description

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.Learning ObjectivesAfter completing this course you will be able: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 childbirthTo understand the characteristics of disorders in the perinatal period which contribute to complexity and risk across physical, emotional and social domainsTo enable participants to reflect on the role of stigma as a barrier to effective identification and management of mental disordersTo understand current developments in relation to services, care pathways and clinical networksTo 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 communicationTo 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 infantTo understand how the participants can contribute to the development and provision of servicesWho Should Attend?All Consultants, SAS Doctors and Trainees in Obstetrics and GynaecologyMidwivesNurse SpecialistsObstetric anaesthetists and physiciansGPsNeonatologistsMedical Students