Perinatal Mental Health

CPDTime.
1h 15m
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Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
First Published
Updated29 September 2019
Expires 29 September 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course is designed for nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant people and new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Topics
  • Assessment of mental health during the perinatal period;
  • Specific mental health disorders;
  • Treatment options.
Need

It is widely accepted that the perinatal period (including birth and the following twelve months) is a time of extraordinary change in a person's life and that it is very common to experience a wide range of emotions. For many mothers, anxieties and fears spontaneously resolve, however, there is a growing number of people for whom pregnancy and parenthood can trigger more serious mental health concerns. People who have a history of pre-existing mental health disorders, who experience a lack of support, who have a previous history of trauma, or who are isolated by distance or culture (such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, or those from a culturally or linguistically diverse background) face a greater risk to their emotional wellbeing.

Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more severe disorders such as psychosis, impact on the wellbeing of not only the mother but their baby and significant others and may have a profound impact upon the dynamics of family relationships. 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 evidence-based, culturally safe and family-centred.

Purpose

Enhance understanding of how the vulnerable nature of pregnancy and childbirth can influence the emergence of mental health disorders in mothers.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explain the role of accurate assessment and early intervention in the person who is experiencing mental distress.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of a variety of mental health disorders arising in the perinatal period.
  • List the common treatment options available to treat these disorders with an emphasis on the safety for both mother and baby.
Target Audience

Nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
First Published
Updated29 September 2019
Expires
29 September 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Learning Tools
Topics
Women's Health
Chronic Illness
Pregnancy
Loss and Grief
Child and Family Health
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