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News and Updates from today's Perinatal Mental Health Summit

Chaired by Elaine Hanzak Survivor of Postnatal Illness and Perinatal Mental Health Advocate Speaker, this conference, this National Perinatal Mental Health Summit focuses specifically on implementing the 2018 National Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathways. The five pathways announced in May 2018 focus on Preconception advice, Specialist assessment, Emergency assessment, Psychological interventions and Inpatient care.

Speakers and presentations:

The National Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathways: Implications for providers and commissioners

Sonji Clarke Senior Consultant in Gynaecology and Obstetrics Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital Deputy Head London School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Senior Clinical Adviser and Honorary Senior Lecturer Kings College London

• developing and implementing evidence-based pathways: the five pathways
• monitoring progress against the pathways in practice
• measuring and improving outcomes for women and children 

Full powerpoint presentation

Pre conference abstract:

The 5 perinatal pathways designed as part of the 5 year Forward View  for mental Health show clear aspirations for developing parity and appropriate access for women with mental health difficulties.

A summary of the 5 pathways will be described together with their rationale and a brief discussion of the CCG’s responsibilities relating to these pathways will be presented.

International Address: Supporting parents through the transition to parenthood and beyond 

Elly Taylor Counsellor, Researcher and Author Becoming Us, Australia

• ‘Becoming Us’: equiping birth, health, therapy and helping professionals to fill a gap in most couples preparation for parenthood and guide them through their first years of family
• supporting the mental, emotional and relationship wellbeing of parents and families
• our experience and developing an evidence-based approach to the transition into parenthood

Full powerpoint presentation

Pre conference abstract:

People say nothing can prepare parents for parenthood, but this damaging myth is costing parents in terms of their mental health and their marriages. With 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men suffering from a Perinatal Mental Health condition (and with rates on the increase according to Australian Perinatal Mental Health organisation PANDA), clearly we need to start doing something differently. 

Decades of research has identified the main psycho-social factors that contribute to PMH issues, including relationship problems which, according to a large study conducted in Norway in 2014, is the single biggest contributor to Prenatal Anxiety and also one of the top three contributing factors to Postnatal Depression. 

Strengthening marital relationships is something couples can do, ideally pre-conception, that can serve as a protective factor.

In this session, you''ll discover a new Relationship-Developmental approach to parenthood that helps couples to plan for and cope with becoming parents, including reducing risks for Perinatal Mental Health Conditions like anxiety and depression.

The Importance of addressing Mental Health conditions during pregnancy 

Dr Raja Gangophadhyay Consultant Obstetrician with a special interest in Perinatal Mental Health West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust Founder International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy

• Impact of mental health conditions during pregnancy on the mother, child partner, relationship and the society.
• Use of medication to treat mental health conditions during pregnancy and breast feeding
• A holistic approach to care: ‘DREAM’
• Maternity care pathway in Perinatal Mental Health

Full powerpoint presentation

Future conferences of interest:

Medically Unexplained Symptoms/Somatic Symptom Disorder National Summit 2018
Monday 10 December 2018, De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Liberty Protection Safeguards: Implementation of the 2018 Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill
Friday 14 December 2018, De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Improving Physical Health Outcomes for people with Mental Health Conditions
Friday 18 January 2019, De Vere West One Conference Centre, London


8 October 2018

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