Understanding and supporting maternal mental health

A multi-agency group of professionals, including voluntary sector organisations, mental health staff, midwives, educationalists, GPs and health visitors, has developed a new e-learning resource for anyone who works with pregnant women and new families or who works with women with mental health problems who may become pregnant.

It is divided into two online modules - 'understanding maternal mental health' and 'the woman's journey'.  The first includes definitions of perinatal mental illness and mental health; prevalence of mental illnesses; the impact of pregnancy and new parenthood on mental health; the impact of mental illness on pregnancy and new parenthood; and treatment issues.  The second focuses on responding to women's needs and promoting positive mental health through the childbirth journey; from preconception, through pregnancy, childbirth and the first postnatal year.  The modules are lively and interactive, and packed with information alongside films, case studies, quizzes, reflective exercises and links to relevant organisations.

The new resources are freely available (from July 2015) at: www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/maternalhealth/learning/maternal-mental-health.aspx

More information from the NES maternal health team at Mary.Ross-Davie@nes.scot.nhs.uk