World Maternal Mental Health Day Live Chat With Dr Andrew Mayers

World Maternal Mental Health Day – Dr Andrew Mayers is an expert in perinatal health & he’s joined by Anna Cribb to discuss the support available to parents experiencing postnatal depression.

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Anna Cribb

Pinks N Blues CicThu, 03/05/2018 - 21:09
Andy Mayers thank you If you have a experienced a Perinatal Loss then technically you could have PND however you would be unlikely to be diagnosed with this. Most HCP’s would categorise feelings as grief following loss. It is difficult to know when grief becomes something else, which would need to be explored through an assessment. In terms of developing symptoms which would present as PND had you not experienced your loss is unclear in Perinatal mental health. I’m not aware of any research in this area, however is an area we campaign to have recognised and for it to be researched more. In relation to experiencing PTSD/Birth Trauma with perinatal loss it varies across the country, some trusts will offer access to perinatal mental health services others you would have to access community mental health teams. In terms of being diagnosed with PND when you have experienced loss, could mean you are signposted to an organisation where they work with parents with babes in arms, this would not in my opinion be helpful. You have a right to have access to mental health services. If you would find it helpful to have a chat I’m happy for you to DM me. Catherine

Victoria JulietThu, 03/05/2018 - 06:01
Antenatal is something that we discuss during antenatal visits - ensuring women are aware of their feelings and support around although admittedly these days there is limited time to this. Also we screen using The Whooley Questions during Booking appointments and offer support if required.

Lorraine MulrooneyWed, 02/05/2018 - 20:45
I disagree with your labels comment. For me I think having a label as you say helps the recovery process because you aren’t just going through grief in some cases you’re struggling with a form of depression or PTSD. Is it not important to be able to acknowledge these mental health issues in their right names and get them rightfully diagnosed? To be able to face them and get help/support for the correct mental health issue? It doesn’t seem clear to me why it wouldn’t be helpful to have a label to associate with your current state of mental health. You’ve lost a baby not the right for a proper mental health diagnosis like you would have if you’d had the baby and gone to the GP to be diagnosed straight away with PND. Why is it you think in this instance it isn’t helpful to have a label?

Moira PoleyWed, 02/05/2018 - 19:19
Andy Mayers this is good news indeed. Change needs to happen. To make families aware and to break down the stigma is BEFORE birth would be great. Thank you

Andy MayersWed, 02/05/2018 - 19:14
It should be. Through the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, we have been pushing for more perinatal mental health training for health professionals, such as midwives. Programmes are beginning to change. The NCT is also rolling out pilot schemes that include perinatal MH support during pregnancy. Best Beginnings have some great resources too

Andy MayersWed, 02/05/2018 - 16:01
I think that labels are not always helpful. Of course there can be a from of PND following miscarriage or childbirth. Please check out my friends at N Blues Cic

Andy MayersWed, 02/05/2018 - 15:57
Katie, if you feel OCD is the problem, my friend at Matenal OCD can help you

Andy MayersWed, 02/05/2018 - 15:54
Tracy, medication is just one way to deal with this, but it's not the answer for everyone.

Andy MayersWed, 02/05/2018 - 15:53
Lucinda, try not to worry. It can be normal for emotions and mood to fluctuate a lot in pregnancy and just after the baby is born. However, if that becomes so much that you are struggling to function, please ask for help. Even if it;'s just contacting a support group - and check out some sources of help, as shown on my web page (as Channel Mum suggest)