This Course is designed for nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.
- Assessment of mental health during the perinatal period
- Specific mental health disorders
- Treatment options
Nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.
Enhance understanding of how the vulnerable nature of pregnancy and childbirth can influence the emergence of mental health disorders in women.
It is widely accepted that the perinatal period (including birth and the following twelve months) is a time of extraordinary change in a woman’s life and that is it very common for a woman to experience a wide range of emotions. For many women, anxieties and fears spontaneously resolve, however, there is a growing number of women for whom pregnancy and parenthood can trigger more serious mental health concerns.
Nurses and midwives must have a fundamental understanding of these mental health disorders in order to screen for them effectively in the perinatal period and to recognise the emergence of signs and symptoms of mental ill health. This will allow them to respond with care that is evidenced-based, culturally safe and family-centered.
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