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This conference focuses on improving perinatal mental health services during and beyond covid-19.
“Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of new and expectant mums and covers a wide range of conditions. If left untreated, mental health issues can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman, the child, and the wider family.”
“It was evident that changes to service provision as a direct consequence of the pandemic meant that women were not able to access appropriate mental health care.” MBRRACE-UK - Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care rapid report 2020
By attending this one day conference, you will hear talks from expert speakers at local and national level. The chair for the day will be Elaine Hanzak, a Survivor of Postnatal Depression and Author of Eyes without Sparkle and Another Twinkle in the Eye– ‘contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness’.
The conference will open focusing on the lived experience, and then learning from the recent MBRRACE-UK rapid care report focusing on recommendations for improvement during Covid-19. You will benefit from extended sessions focusing prevention and positive mental health, identifying and supporting women in mental health crisis, improving the quality of mental healthcare for new mothers, supporting men whose wives or partners are experiencing PND, learning from mother and baby units, supporting mothers at higher risk due to birth trauma or previous mental health issues, and developing the role of perinatal mental health champions.
This conference will enable you to:
- Network with colleagues who are working to improve perinatal mental health services
- Reflect on the lived experience
- Understand the learning and improvements that can be made during Covid-19
- Learn national MBRRACE-UK enquiries and reports on maternal deaths
- Reflect on national developments and learning
- Improve the way you deliver positive mental health and wellbeing support
- Develop your skills in identifying and supporting women experiencing mental health crisis
- Understand the role of mother and baby units, and how the role is changing due to Covid-19
- Identify key strategies for supporting men whose wives or partners are suffering from postnatal depression
- Develop effective care plans and support for women with previous mental health concerns
- Improve support for women who have had traumatic births
- Understand and develop your role as a perinatal mental health champion
- Self assess and reflect on your own practice
- Gain cpd accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence