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Perinatal Mental Health Services: Improving access and support

Thursday 22 Sep 2022


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This conference focuses on improving perinatal mental health services during and beyond Covid-19. 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 Coote, 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 rMBRRACE-UK rapid care report focusing on recommendations for improvement. You will benefit from extended sessions focusing prevention and positive mental health, developing a model of service delivery in which mental and physical health care are integrated into the work of maternity and health visiting services, 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 and maternal mental health pilot sites, supporting mothers at higher risk due to birth trauma or previous mental health issues, and supporting women with existing mental health concerns with a case study on Eating Disorders.

A significant proportion of women develop a perinatal mental health problem during pregnancy or within the first years after having a baby. Without treatment, these problems can have a devastating impact on women and their families…To ensure all women and babies who need care have access to it, more action and more commitment is now urgently required…Women, their families, and professionals are united in calling for parity of care between mental and physical health at this time, and an end to the huge and costly, yet avoidable, suffering and disability caused by perinatal mental health problems.

Dr Alain Gregoire, President Maternal Mental Health Alliance February 2022 

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many women experienced problems accessing support from mental health services, as many of these services have long been struggling to meet demand. This demand has increased substantially during the pandemic and is expected to remain high.”

The economic case for increasing access to treatment for women with common mental health problems during the perinatal period, CPEC 2022

“The perinatal period is a time of significant risk to women’s mental health, with up to two in ten women suffering some form of mental health problem, ranging from mild to moderate forms of anxiety or depression to a minority who will suffer from more severe mental health problems.”

Maternal Mental Health during a Pandemic, Centre of Mental Health March 2021

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 
  • Developing a model of service delivery in which mental and physical health care are integrated into the work of maternity and health visiting services
  • Reflect on national developments and learning
  • Improve the way you deliver positive mental health and wellbeing support
  • Reflect on the developments at a maternal mental health pilot site 
  • 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 
  • Improve support for women with pre existing mental health conditions such as eating disorders  
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleagues

Chair and Speakers Include:

Elaine Coote (was Hanzak)

Author, advocate and speaker on Perinatal Mental Health with Lived Experience

Janet Fyle MBE

Professional Policy Advisor
The Royal College of Midwives

Sandra Igwe

Founder of the Motherhood Group and Co-Chair, National Inquiry into Racial Injustice in Maternity Care

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Schools & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual Training



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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