Posted on 11th December, 2012
In what is believed to be the first event of its kind, almost 40 doctors gathered together last week for a regional training event to learn more about issues related to perinatal mental health.
More than half of the teaching faculty were women with lived experience and delegates included trainee obstetricians and psychiatrists, as well a couple of GPs in training. Event organiser Dr Jo Black, who has a passionate interest in the subject, said:
"This was very high quality training that was universally well-received - and we had some excellent feedback. Delegates found the women's personal stories particularly powerful and compelling. Some of them were quite uncomfortable to listen to at times, but this was part of the objective and undoubtedly helped the learning process.
The day included presentations on subjects such as prescribing, stigma and common mental health conditions during pregnancy. Clare Mcadam, one of our Perinatal Clinical Team Leaders, also talked about the benefits of close working between the hospital's maternity and obstetrics teams and our own mental health specialists. All in all it was a very uplifting and productive day and we certainly intend to do more of the same in the future."