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Midwives attend St David’s day conference in Wales

31 March, 2010

Midwives attend St David’s day conference in Wales

More than 150 midwives attended the RCM UK Board for Wales’ St David’s day conference, which addressed the issues surrounding perinatal mental health.

Midwives magazine: April/May 2010

More than 150 midwives attended the RCM UK Board for Wales’ St David’s day conference, which addressed the issues surrounding perinatal mental health.

Delegates were told that 10% of new mothers suffer from mild or minor depressive illness known as postnatal depression – 3% to 5% meet the criteria for moderate-to-severe depressive illness.

Welsh board member Lynn Lynch MBE said women affected by perinatal mental health issues face a ‘postcode lottery’ when trying to access care.

The conference’s speakers highlighted the need for midwives to focus on ‘soft skills’ and to challenge their stereotypes about mothers.

Highlighting good practice in Wales, perinatal nurse Gail James and occupational therapist Francesca Fearn, both at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, discussed PRAMS – a Perinatal Response and Management Service project.

Established in March 2003, it aims to develop a collaborative pathway to identify, monitor and manage women at risk of perinatal mental health problems. The project is regarded by other Trusts as setting a ‘gold standard’.

The RCM UK Board for Wales’ board secretary Helen Rogers closed the conference saying: ‘Are we equipping health professionals to deal with these issues? If you have a broken arm, you can get a plaster and we are very comfortable with that. But if you have not got a symbol of your illness, it is very difficult for us to deal with.’

 
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