Amidst all of the joy that comes with a new baby, it’s perfectly normal for women to experience some worry and stress. But at times, difficult feelings can become overwhelming and some women can experience perinatal mental health problems. What are the important signs and symptoms for health care professionals to look out for? And how best can we support families during this challenging period?
In this episode of The Beat podcast, our host Gill, an NHS midwife, interviews Sally Wilson, National Training Coordinator at Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) to find out more about maternal mental health issues. Since developing postpartum psychosis in 2015, Sally has channelled her own experiences into supporting others and co-ordinates APP’s health care professional training across the UK.
As well as sharing details of her own experience of postpartum psychosis, Sally describes the whole spectrum of mental health issues which can arise during pregnancy and following birth. Sally provides useful advice to support you in your practice, including signs and symptoms to look out for and effective resources both for you and the families you care for.
Listen to the full episode here.