Perinatal Mental Health and Infant Wellbeing: Innovation in the Undergraduate Midwifery Curriculum

Tennant, Julie (2017) Perinatal Mental Health and Infant Wellbeing: Innovation in the Undergraduate Midwifery Curriculum. In: Begin before Birth, 13th June 2017, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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The Five Year Forward View (NHSE, 2014) sets an agenda to ensure that the workforce is confident and suitably skilled to identify need and deliver care to the 1 in 5 women who have mental health problems during the perinatal period, thereby increasing access to appropriate evidence based treatment; maternal mental health being the foundation of infant mental health and wellbeing.

Curriculum planning opportunities have allowed the team at Northumbria University to maximise an interdisciplinary approach to perinatal mental health in the preparation of our undergraduate midwifery students.

Mapping the recently piloted ‘Competency Framework for Professionals working with Women who have Mental Health Problems in the Perinatal Period’ (2016) on to our curriculum provision:Core Competency- the ‘Perinatal Frame of Mind’Domain 1- Common emotional and physiological changesDomain 2- Understanding perinatal mental health disordersDomain 3- Having an open conversation about mental health in the perinatal periodDomain 4- Understanding the mother’s feelings about her baby and pregnancyDomain 5- Understanding difference, stigma and barriers to careDomain 6- Understanding risk and protective factorsDomain 7- Safeguarding vulnerable women and infantsDomain 8 – Understanding and valuing the multidisciplinary team and pathway

A collaborative approach between lecturing staff working in Midwifery, Mental Health Nursing and specialist practice in the provision of Psychological Therapies to:• Deliver level 1 and some level 2 competencies from the framework. (Level 1=general knowledge and skills. Level 2= advanced knowledge and skills).• Ensure that by year three of the undergraduate programme our students are equipped with skills to deliver evidence based psychological interventions. Implications:Students exiting the programme will thus have the requisite skills and abilities to engage proactively with the perinatal mental health agenda and promote positive outcomes for infant mental health.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: B700 Nursing
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 12:30
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 11:47

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