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Addressing Postnatal Depression as a Healthcare Professional

University of Exeter via FutureLearn


Learn how to offer effective support to new and expecting parents

During pregnancy and the year after birth, many women can be affected by mood changes, anxiety disorders, and depression. Women report that a key barrier to seeking help is the lack of perinatally-informed treatments and practitioners.

On this course, you will understand the symptoms of postnatal or postpartum depression, how to support clients, and improve their mental health and wellbeing. You will identify the patterns that contribute to the depression cycle and explore how to combat them with coping strategies. This will help your clients stay well during the perinatal period and beyond.

This course is designed for current healthcare professionals or those training to provide perinatal support or mental health care services. It is also beneficial for maternity, general practice, and supervised lay and peer support workers.

Taught by

heather O'Mahen

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  • Rui Ma completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability worldwide, and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease( The sudden...

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