Perinatal Mental Health: The Midwives Journey

Suicide is the leading cause of death for women during pregnancy and one year after birth. More than one in ten women develop a mental illness during this time and if left untreated can have a devastating impact on women and their families. Here in the UK, we take it for granted that all women receive support to look after their own physical health and that of their babies during pregnancy after birth. Despite the importance of mental health for a mother and her baby, we know that a woman’s mental health will be treated very differently.

Midwives play a key role in the physical and mental health of women. Our recent survey to Scottish midwives about their confidence, knowledge and skills in relation to perinatal mental health shows us that there is a lack of knowledge, understanding and confidence around perinatal mental health amongst midwives. Whilst this is worrying, our survey also tells us that there is a keen thirst for education and training from our midwives in Scotland to better support women and families during pregnancy and the transition into parenthood. Our conference aims to address some of these identified learning needs and we will look at what PMH is and how we recognise and respond to PMH needs in maternity services.

Speakers confirmed for the day include; Roch Cantwell, Dr Aman Duranni, Dr Mary Ross-Davie, Penny Rackett, Emma Currer, Michelle Wright, Roz Neil, Maggie Reid, Claire Grieve and Chris Miezitis. Workshops on the day will include; Sexual Abuse & PMH, Midwives & Birth Trauma and Families & PMH.


Lunch and refreshments will be provided.