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Improving Perinatal Mental Health Services: Improving access and support

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“It is now estimated that at least 1 in 5 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. This can have a devastating impact and we know it is often left unrecognised, undiagnosed, and untreated. Despite evidence of the prevalence and long-term consequences for mothers and babies, maternal mental health does not receive anywhere near the level of attention or investment as physical health..”

Maternal Mental Health Alliance, January 2023

“Expectant and new mothers are not receiving adequate mental health care during and post-pregnancy”

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman August 2023

“Mental ill-health ranks with physical factors as one of the leading causes of maternal deaths in the UK, and yet this is not reflected in the resources allocated to it, whether in terms of staffing or other support.”

Birte Harlev-Lam OBE, Executive Director, Midwife, Royal College of Midwives August 2023

This conference focuses on improving perinatal mental health services. By attending this one day conference, you will hear presentations from expert speakers at local and national level. Chaired by 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. The conference highlight key policy developments at a national level and share learning from the most recent MBRRACE- UK Report and RCM roadmap to strengthening perinatal mental health. 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 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.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve perinatal mental health services

  • Reflect on the lived experience

  • Explore national developments, learning and improvements

  • Strengthen perinatal mental health in line with the 2023 RCM roadmap

  • Understand the practical implications of the most recent 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 midwives personalising care and promoting Mental Health Wellbeing

  • 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 colleague

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 Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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