There is a new public focus on perinatal mental illness and a realisation of the long-term problems that this can cause for the fetus and the child. A recent report from the LSE showed the known long-term costs of perinatal mental illness each year are £8.1 billion, mostly because of the impact on the child. For the first time, the March budget allocated £75 million over 5 years to perinatal mental health services, acknowledging the unmet mental health needs of pregnant women and new mothers.
Health professionals now urgently need the up-to-date themselves on the most effective interventions that can improve perinatal maternal mental health.
Professor Vivette Glover of Imperial College London has been working on these issues for the last twenty years and on 18 June at Hammersmith Hospital, she will be hosting Begin Before Birth: focus on interventions for maternal perinatal mental health.
This will be a valuable day for GPs, obstetricians, health visitors, psychiatrists, midwives, psychologists and commissioners.
International experts will discuss the most effective psychological and pharmacological interventions and how best to intervene with domestic abuse, to improve maternal mental health before and after birth, and thereby improve the outcomes for the child.
Full details can be found here.