Sheffield Hallam University has announced the launch of a new course that will help midwives and social care professionals to support women and their family members with maternal mental health problems.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Perinatal and Maternal Mental Health offers midwives and allied health professionals the opportunity to gain the skills that help them identify signs of mental health problems, as well as building the confidence to support women and their families.
The one-year course is due to be launched in September this year and will focus on the management of mental health problems in pregnancy and the postnatal period, learning skills to manage potential risks and complications, and different mental health illnesses.
It will also highlight risks for safe-guarding and promoting positive birth outcomes.
Speaking to the Nursing Times, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Sheffield Hallam University, Kirsty Schofield, said: “Women and their families are now presenting with more complex needs and more than one in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby.
“If untreated, these perinatal mental illnesses can have a devastating impact on the women affected and their families.”
The Postgraduate Certificate in Perinatal and Maternal Mental Health course is suitable for registered mental health nurses, midwives, health visitors and social workers.
For more information about the Postgraduate course, please visit the Sheffield Hallam University website here.
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