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Unit description

Develops knowledge and understanding, and explores the psychological health of women across the continuum of pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. Current screening and assessment tools, treatments, support services, risk factors and common psychological health issues are discussed. Consideration of woman, her baby and family’s cultural needs will be examined.  

Unit content

  1. Supporting women
  2. Psychological health issues planning a family
  3. Expecting a baby – antenatal mental health conditions
  4. Preparing for birth and the first few days after
  5. Screening and Assessment, Treatment
  6. The Midwife and Mental Health

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate understanding of the common mental health issues experienced by women during the childbearing continuum and the first year after birth
2examine the midwife's role in screening, care, and support when working with women and their families experiencing mental health issues during the perinatal period
3discuss the cultural, contextual, personal, biological and interpersonal factors that contribute to mental illness
4identify the impact working with women, and their families, experiencing perinatal mental health issues can have on the midwife

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of the common mental health issues experienced by women during the childbearing continuum and the first year after birth
  2. examine the midwife's role in screening, care, and support when working with women and their families experiencing mental health issues during the perinatal period
  3. discuss the cultural, contextual, personal, biological and interpersonal factors that contribute to mental illness
  4. identify the impact working with women, and their families, experiencing perinatal mental health issues can have on the midwife

Teaching and assessment

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