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Infant and Maternal Mental Health

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?

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 michelle.guthrie@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Translating Strategy into Action

Read how our NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Perinatal Mental Health Network are translating recommendations from the Delivering Effective Services: Needs Assessment and Service Recommendations for Specialist and Universal Perinatal Mental Health Services (2018) into local action. 

Perinatal Mental Health Resources

There are a range of resources to support staff and anyone working with new and expectant parents to have conversations about mental health during the perinatal period and signpost to supports and resources appropriate to their needs.  

Perinatal Mental Health Best Practice Guide

This Best Practice Resource is intended to support Health Care Workers, Third Sector Partners, and any community organisations that are in contact with, supporting and/or working with new and expectant parents. 

Staff Prevention and Early Intervention Guide

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Perinatal Mental Health Network have developed a Prevention and Early Intervention Guide and a Q&A document to support staff to have conversations with parents about their mental health during the perinatal period and signpost to supports appropriate to their needs to avert a mental health crisis from developing.

Inspiring Scotland Digital Directory

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service Directory provides information on Third Sector Perinatal Mental Health Services for midwives, health visitors, and families across Scotland. 

Perinatal Mental Health Posters

A series of posters have been developed by Public Health Scotland targeting mums, partners and staff to help raise awareness of mental health during the perinatal period along with supporting animations.

NHS Pregnancy Poster 1

NHS Pregnancy Poster 2

NHS Pregnancy Poster 3

Mental Health Pregnancy During After Pregnancy

Mental Health Pregnancy Partners Dads

Mental Health Pregnancy Staff

Mental Health Pregnancy Animation Combined

If you have any comments or feedback relating to these resources, please contact Carly Grant at carly.grant@nhs.net

Understanding Paternal Mental Health

We have also been working in partnership with Fathers Network Scotland to “Build Capacity across Greater Glasgow and Clyde”. Find out more about the work we have been doing here.

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Mental Health Improvement Team have established a Perinatal and Infant Mental Health network that is taking a lead role in translating national policy drivers into meaningful local actions. The group meets 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 and Infant Mental Health network please contact michelle.guthrie@ggc.scot.nhs.uk 

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Useful Reading

From Bumps to Bundles: a research paper exploring Perinatal Mental Health in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

National Picture

Delivering Effective Services: Needs Assessment and Services Recommendations for Specialist and Universal Perinatal Mental Health Services

This report draws on the findings of the Perinatal Mental Health Network’s NHS board visits, professionals’ workshops and online survey of women’s views conducted in 2017-18 and the existing evidence base on service provision, to make recommendations on what services Scotland should develop to meet the needs of mothers with mental ill health, their infants, partners and families.

Peer Support in Perinatal Mental Health: Review of Evidence and Provision in Scotland (Internship Project Report). This report provides information on research and evidence about perinatal peer support, existing practice in Scotland and potential areas for future development.

Perinatal Mental Health Curricular Framework

Produced by NHS Education for Scotland, a framework for maternal and infant mental health.