Infant and Maternal Health
Perinatal refers to the period during pregnancy and up to one year after the baby is born. During this period new and expectant parents (mums, dads, partners) can experience issues with their mental health also known as perinatal mental health problems. This includes mental illness existing before pregnancy, as well as illnesses that develop for the first time, or are greatly exacerbated in the perinatal period. These illnesses can be mild, moderate or severe, requiring different kinds of care or treatment.
Why perinatal mental health?
Becoming a parent is often portrayed as a joyous time, however for many the reality is very different with reports showing that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men are affected by mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year after birth. The stigma and fear associated with perinatal mental health can leave those affected feeling inadequate as a parent, isolated and vulnerable and can impede or delay getting help, treatment and recovery.
What are we doing to support perinatal mental health?
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Mental Health Improvement Team have established a Perinatal Mental Health network that is taking a lead role in translating national policy drivers into meaningful local actions. The group meet quarterly to plan work to ensure effective use of resources, avoid duplication, share examples of good practice and report developments and progress back to NHSGGC Implementation Group. For information on our Perinatal Mental Health network please contact [email protected]
Michelle Guthrie who chairs the NHSGGC Perinatal Mental Health Network presenting at the 2019 Fathers Network Scotland AGM, sharing the history, development and progress of the network.