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Postnatal Depression and Maternal Mental Health

A handbook for frontline caregivers working with women with perinatal mental health difficulties

Price: £19.95
This handbook supports midwives, health visitors and health care professionals in detecting and assessing postnatal depression and maternal mental health.
Author(s): Sue Gellhorn

Postnatal Depression and Maternal Mental Health: A handbook for frontline caregivers working with women with perinatal mental health difficulties is an accessible handbook that is intended to support midwives, health visitors, community workers and frontline healthcare providers in their detection and assessment of postnatal depression and maternal mental health. 

Midwives, health visitors, community workers and frontline healthcare providers for pregnant women, and mothers and babies in the first postnatal year, need better information on the kinds of help that women need, and resources they can use to support discussions about difficult and complex feelings.

It will provide readers with a good understanding of postnatal depression and the range of perinatal mental health difficulties they may come across in universal services for mental illness in pregnant and postnatal women, and will support them in their detection and assessment of these difficulties in the women on their caseload.

This handbook will enable you to:

  • Identify and assess postnatal depression in mothers
  • Facilitate sensitive conversations about mental health with more confidence
  • Provide early support to both mother and baby to reduce the need for future professional intervention 
  • Progress your CPD accreditation.

Midwives, health visitors, community workers and frontline healthcare providers for pregnant women, and mothers and babies in the first postnatal year.

ISBN: 9781910366295
Publication: 03 June 2016
Content:

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Perspectives on postnatal depression 

Chapter 3: Detection, recognition and assessment of maternal mental health difficulties

Chapter 4: Levels of intervention, treatment and support

Chapter 5: Normal anxieties in early motherhood and those needing professional attention

Chapter 6: Keeping the baby in mind, baby-mindedness in parents and professionals

Chapter 7: Working with the whole family 

Chapter 8: Supporting mothers in complex family contexts

Chapter 9: Severe perinatal mental health difficulties

Chapter 10: Other types of maternal mental health difficulties

Chapter 11: Challenges for midwifery

Chapter 12: Challenges for health visiting

Chapter 13: Perinatal mental health networks

Sue Gellhorn

Sue is a clinical psychologist with a long term interest in supporting and teaching front-line health practitioners. She worked for 28 years in adult mental health services in the NHS in London and Hertfordshire. Her first specialism was psychiatric rehabilitation, where she developed her interest in the application of psychodynamic understanding to the work of front-line care providers.

In the last fifteen years she has worked in clinical, training and supervisory roles to support the mental health of women and babies in the perinatal period. Sue has provided training and supervision for health visitors working with postnatal depression, infant mental health and attachment across two boroughs in North London.

From 2007 to 2012, she provided a specialist perinatal clinical service within the Islington Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

She has a small private clinical psychology practice in Islington, specialising in the treatment of women with perinatal mental health difficulties.

Sue is currently training as a parent infant psychotherapist with Oxpip in Oxford.