Perinatal Mental Health and Infant Wellbeing: Innovation in the Undergraduate Midwifery Curriculum.

Julie Tennant

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The Five Year Forward View (NHSE, 2014) sets an agenda to ensure that the workforce is confident and suitably skilled to identify need and deliver care to the 1 in 5 women who have mental health problems during the perinatal period, thereby increasing access to appropriate evidence based treatment; maternal mental health being the foundation of infant mental health and wellbeing.
Curriculum planning opportunities have allowed the team at Northumbria University to maximise an interdisciplinary approach to perinatal mental health in the preparation of our undergraduate midwifery students.

Mapping the recently piloted ‘Competency Framework for Professionals working with Women who have Mental Health Problems in the Perinatal Period’ (2016) on to our curriculum provision:
Core Competency- the ‘Perinatal Frame of Mind’
Domain 1- Common emotional and physiological changes
Domain 2- Understanding perinatal mental health disorders
Domain 3- Having an open conversation about mental health in the perinatal period
Domain 4- Understanding the mother’s feelings about her baby and pregnancy
Domain 5- Understanding difference, stigma and barriers to care
Domain 6- Understanding risk and protective factors
Domain 7- Safeguarding vulnerable women and infants
Domain 8 – Understanding and valuing the multidisciplinary team and pathway

A collaborative approach between lecturing staff working in Midwifery, Mental Health Nursing and specialist practice in the provision of Psychological Therapies to:
• Deliver level 1 and some level 2 competencies from the framework. (Level 1=general knowledge and skills. Level 2= advanced knowledge and skills).
• Ensure that by year three of the undergraduate programme our students are equipped with skills to deliver evidence based psychological interventions.
Students exiting the programme will thus have the requisite skills and abilities to engage proactively with the perinatal mental health agenda and promote positive outcomes for infant mental health.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2017
EventBegin before Birth - Newcastle Upon Tyne Foundation Hospital Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jun 201713 Jun 2017


ConferenceBegin before Birth
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle upon Tyne


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