Perinatal Mental Health Training

Thursday  12 September  2019  9:00 AM    Thursday  12 September  2019 12:30 PM
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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.

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