New programme to support women during and after pregnancy

MAIN New programme to support women during and after pregnancy

NHS Tayside has appointed a specialist midwife in Perinatal Mental Health to increase support to women to maintain good mental health and wellbeing during and after pregnancy.

NHS Tayside has appointed Justine Anderson as specialist midwife in perinatal mental health to provide expert advice and to increase health professionals’ awareness about mental health issues that might arise during pregnancy and after birth.

Perinatal mental health refers to the period during pregnancy and up to 1 year post-natal, and it can also include pre-conception counselling.

Justine Anderson, specialist midwife, said, “In Tayside, women and their families are at the centre of our maternity service.  Healthcare teams acknowledge the importance of supporting women’s physical and mental wellbeing throughout their pregnancy and after.

“My role is to raise awareness in perinatal mental health, provide education, training and advice for colleagues within maternity services to help them recognise early identification of mental health challenges and provide specialist support to women during pregnancy and after birth.”

Up to 20% of women develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth. Trained and skilled professionals can often prevent the onset, escalation and negative impact of perinatal mental illness through early identification and expert management of a woman’s condition.

 

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