School of Health Sciences

Concepts of Perinatal Mental Health for Health Professionals

Analysing knowledge and critical understanding in the concept of perinatal mental health in order to advance the wider context of practice

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Course code MIDW4010
Target students

Registered midwives or nurses involved in maternity care.


Registered midwife or nurse

Credits 20
Academic level 4
Duration October 2022 - December 2022
Price £1,000.00 (home)  £2,334.00 (international)
Application deadline 26th August 2022



This course considers:

  • Social and physical factors that could influence the normal emotional changes during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Challenges to mental well-being during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods
  • The risk factors e.g. domestic abuse, safeguarding, drug and alcohol misuse, learning disability
  • Advanced knowledge of common mental health disorders
  • Local national and international policies related to the care of women with mental health problems
  • The midwives or nurses role in fetal loss and bereavement support
  • Multi-professional team working and collaboration with other agencies
  • Collaborative working in promoting positive infant mental health and wellbeing, specifically focusing on attachment, bonding and behavioural assessment
  • The identification, assessment and referral pathways for women with mental health issues
  • Reflect on the latest evidence around, mental health and well-being of the family unit to include fathers and partners

Course learning outcomes

  • Critically analyse key concepts of mental health well-being and evaluate the public health role of the health professional in the context of promoting positive mental health during the perinatal period
  • Evaluate the differences between physiological and pathological changes in mental health, demonstrating knowledge of common mental health conditions and their effect on the mother-baby dyad and the family
  • Critique the skills necessary for the promotion of positive mental well-being
  • Consider how current evidence can be used to support women with mental health conditions in the perinatal period
  • Identify the importance of inter-professional collaborative working
  • Demonstrate effective communication, analytical, reflective, diagnostic and evaluative skills

How you will learn

Blended learning. Lecture engagement, guided study, tutorials, independent learning.

Total student activity: 200 hours


Course dates

4th, 18th 25th October 2022
1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th November 2022


Apply for this course

When applying through MyNottingham please search and select ‘Health Sciences – No Award’ and enter the Module Code and Title of your chosen module in the Personal Statement section of the application form.



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School of Health Sciences

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