Post Natal Mental Health: how to support families after birth


For birth professionals : how to support families after birth

Hello. I’m guessing that you’re here because you work with families in the perinatal period. So do I, and I have done for over 15 years. I’m guessing that you want to enhance your understanding and your skill in working in this area. I want to share with you, some of what I have learnt. Learning is not just about facts. It is about passion, it is about confidence, it is about how you feel when you do what you do. This course is designed to increase what you know, but it also increases your passion, your confidence and your experience. I sincerely hope you enjoy doing it, but more than that, I hope it enhances the work that you do so that more women can get the support that they need and deserve, during this very special time in their lives. 

How to get the best out of this course.

The course is divided up into 5 modules, designed to be completed in order. Each module builds upon the next. There is a video for each module, which cannot be skipped, and should not be rushed. There are audio exercises, additional material and quizzes for each module. Each module also has a set of reflection questions, which serve as an alternative to an essay. Please put some time aside to give these the due attention that they deserve, as this is an important part of helping you to digest and process the material from the course. 

In order to track the benefits that the course is having on your confidence, there is a self-report questionnaire for you to do at the beginning of the course, and then to repeat at the end. You are welcome to do this as often as you like during the course. 

Learning aims:  

  • To reduce your anxiety around working with new mums with mental health problems
  • To know what signs to look out for and how to communicate with people postnatally 
  • To equip you with tools for ways of responding to people who are struggling
  • To feel confident and enthusiastic about talking to people about their mental health
  • To think about the mental health of the partners, and yourself too