Perinatal Mental Health Training
Perinatal Mental Health
• Mental health problems in the perinatal period effect 1 in 5 women
• New fathers’ depression rates are double the national average for men in the same age group
• 122,000 babies under the age of one are living with a parent who has a mental illness
• The mental health of parents in the perinatal period can have long-term effects on the infant, especially in relation to their later emotional and behavioural development
• Suicide is the leading cause of direct maternal deaths occurring within a year after the end of pregnancy in the UK.
As more evidence emerges about the effects of perinatal mental illness (PMI) on the mother, father and developing foetus/infant, the term perinatal mental health (PMH) is now commonly used to describe the emotional wellbeing of women, their children, partner and families from conception through pregnancy to 1 year following the child’s birth.
The term perinatal mental illness includes a range of conditions such as: depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Tokophobia, bipolar affective disorder, postpartum psychosis, eating disorders and personality disorders.