Improving Maternal Mental Health: Getting It Right for Mothers and Babies

Up to one in five women are affected by mental health in the perinatal period. 

The context

Only 50% of these mental health cases are diagnosed, and with the recent publication of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, now represents the time to examine how maternal mental health services can be improved.

A mentally healthy childhood can build a foundation for a healthy and fulfilling adulthood. In Scotland, research has found that maternal mental health was significantly associated with child development outcomes. As a result, children that experience prolonged exposure to a mother with mental health problems were more susceptible to poor behavioural, emotional and social outcomes.

Moreover, a woman should be supported throughout her pregnancy and into the formative years of her child's life. The responsibility for maternal mental health does not simply lie with health and social care services. For instance, supporting women in the workforce and the creation and implementation of family-friendly working practices can also create supportive environments. 

The event

Join us at this timely Holyrood policy briefing where we will examine the next steps for perinatal mental health in Scotland. We will bring together expert speakers with delegates working in the field to learn more about how your organisation can do more for mothers suffering from mental health problems.

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Key issues to be addressed

  • Perinatal and mental health policy in Scotland.
  • How the government, health boards and third sector can support parents to achieve better outcomes for children
  • Existing good practice and how this can be used as a foundation to improve health outcomes for Scotland’s families
  • Improving inpatient care for mothers and babies


09:30   Registration and Refreshments

10:00   Welcome and Introduction from Chair

             Helen Sloan, Chair, Maternal Mental Health Scotland 

10.05   Session 1: Policy and Overview

10.05   Perinatal Mental Health & Midwives

  • Why is Maternal ‘Mental Health’ relevant to midwives & what have/ are we doing about it?
  • What do midwives and mothers tell us?
  • What should the future of midwives in maternal mental health look like?

           Emma Currer, Scotland Team Lead - Maternal Mental Health, Royal College of Midwives

10.25   Current Trends and Demographics

  • Understanding the current demographics 
  • Examining the future direction of policies 

            Joanne Smith, Campaign Coordinator, Everyone's Business Campaign

11:00   Questions and Discussion

11:20  Refreshments and Networking

11.40   Session 2: Supporting Families and Improving Services

11:40   Specialist Inpatient and Community Services

  • An overview into the West of Scotland Mother & Baby Unit and the Community Perinatal Mental Health Team and why one size does not fit all. However the need for Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service in every board in Scotland.

            Elaine Clark, Nurse Consultant Perinatal Mental Health, West of Scotland Mother and Baby Unit

12:00   Understanding Paternal Involvement in Perinatal Services

  • Outcomes for children 
  • Male Perinatal Mental Health - the evidence 
  • What is working for children and parents: good practice.
  • Fathers Network Scotland: how we can support the development of more father-friendly services

           Sam Pringle, Director and Head of Research, Fathers Network Scotland

12:20   Family-Friendly Working Practices

            Bonnie Clark, Director of Client Relationships, Remarkable

12:40   Questions and Discussion

13:00   Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Learning from Successful Approaches and Sharing Good Practice

13:50   Aberlour Perinatal Befriending Support Service

            Liz Nolan, Assistant Director, Aberlour

14:10   Sharing Lived Experience and Challenging the Stigma

  • Lived experience
  • The role of MMHS of pushing back against stigma

            Catherine Carver and Clare Thompson, Change Agents, Maternal Mental Health Scotland

14:30   Roundtable: Sharing Good Practice

Delegates will be asked to share examples of good practice from their own services and learn from one another for future improvements.

15:15   Questions and Discussion

15:30   Closing Remarks from Chair

15:45     Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635.

25 January 2018



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