Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
School of Nursing
26 September 2022
23 January 2023
This module will provide students with the skills to complete an assessment of the MH needs of pregnant women and new mothers.
NICE (2016) describe the assessment of PMH as a high priority area for quality improvement and outline guidance for the assessment of the MH of pregnant women and new mothers. This module will provide students with the skills to complete an assessment of the MH needs of pregnant women and new mothers.
During pregnancy and in the year after birth, women can be affected by a number of mental health (MH) problems. These can range from mild to moderate conditions such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and adjustment reactions, to more severe conditions such as bipolar affective disorder (BPAD), schizophrenia and puerperal psychosis. Conditions such as these often develop suddenly and require different kinds of care or treatment and they are collectively referred to as "perinatal mental illnesses". the incidence of many MH disorders per se does not change during the perinatal period and thereby, pregnant women and new mothers have the same level of risk as other adults. What is particularly different however, is that the effects of these illnesses are likely to be more significant at this critical period in a women's life and for certain serious mental illnesses, such as puerperal psychosis, severe depressive illness, schizophrenia and bipolar illness, the risk of developing or experiencing a recurrence of the illness does increase after childbirth. Joint Commissionning Panel for Mental Health (2012) - Guidance for Commissioners of Perinatal Mental Health Services.
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This module has a twofold aim that will enable midwives to:
* Assess the MH status of childbearing wormen and refer appropriately to specialist services
* Work within the multiagency context to ensure efficient, effective and safe management of women who have an identified MH need during pregnancy and the early postnatal period
Module runs over a 12 week period in total. Mode of Attendance can vary between modules ie weekly, block teaching or alternate weekly teaching. Please contact the individual Module Co-ordinator for details.
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CONTACT MODULE CO-ORDINATOR:
Mr Victor Robinson