20% of women will experience a mental health condition during pregnancy and up to a year after having a baby. Of those, 70% will hide or underplay how they’re feeling. This is why it is so important to talk about perinatal and maternal mental health and raise awareness of vital support services here to support women and their families across Northamptonshire.
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) is one of ten trusts in the county to be an early leader in piloting a maternal mental health service. Working alongside the specialist perinatal mental health services, colleagues work with women and their families to provide specialist care for mental health difficulties such as birth trauma, PTSD and depression.
Coinciding with Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (2 – 8 May), NHFT is delivering free community sessions online and across the county to raise awareness of support available and the services they offer.
Tuesday 3 May
10am-12noon:Perinatal Team information stand - Daventry Library
12noon-1pm: Webinar - Preparing for Motherhood - Managing your Mental Health
Wednesday 4 May
10am-11am: Perinatal Team information stand - Rushden Library
1pm-2pm: Webinar - Walking in your Shoes – The Power of Peer Support
Thursday 5 May
9:30am-10:30am: Perinatal Team information stand - Corby Library
10am-11am: Perinatal Team information stand - Wellingborough Library
12noon-1pm: Webinar - Managing Mum Guilt
Friday 6 May
11am-12noon: Perinatal Team information stand - Northampton Central Library
12noon-1pm: Webinar - Maternal Mental Health - My Lived Experience
Sunday 8 May, Delapré Abbey, The Power of Connection
11am-12noon: Walk - Join us for a maternal mental health wellbeing walk around the beautiful grounds of Delapré Abbey. Meet and connect with other parents and members of the team and appreciate the benefit of walking and connecting in improving mental wellbeing.
12noon-1:30pm: Book on to sessions for Baby Cues and Responsive Parenting, Self Care, and Sensory Group and understand the benefits these are for improving of maternal mental health. Come speak to the professionals and practitioners and understand about maternal mental health and how we support women and families.
See the full programme and book at delaprewellbeing.co.uk.