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Perinatal Mental Health Services: Improving access and support during and beyond Covid-19

Wednesday 2 Feb 2022


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This conference focuses on improving perinatal mental health services during and beyond Covid-19.

The pandemic has created a mental health crisis for many women in pregnancy and after the birth of their child. Women have experienced a combination of lockdown, economic uncertainty, job insecurity, and the impact of the virus itself, coupled with a reduced ability to gain access to perinatal health services and mental health services. This is likely to have long-term consequences for women and their families as well as for health services.

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

The conference will also discuss the development of specialist perinatal hubs

Every woman has a unique experience with pregnancy and motherhood and some will need extra support to cope with mental health issues that can range from anxiety to severe depression… I would encourage any mum who needs this support to come forward safe in the knowledge that her mental health and well-being are of paramount importance and she should not feel ashamed of accessing the help she needs.

Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s national mental health director April 2021

Chaired by Elaine Coote, Author, Advocate and Speaker on Perinatal Mental Health with Lived Experience, this virtual CPD conference will focus on improving perinatal mental health services and access and support during and beyond Covid-19.  The conference will consider learning from the MBRRACE-UK rapid care report focusing on recommendations for improvement during Covid-19, and an extended interactive session will focus on crisis prevention and the role of the home treat team. National and local experts will share best practice tips and advice for; 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

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

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises and discussion.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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Virtual Training

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 & 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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