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Women’s Health After Motherhood

Trinity College Dublin and University of Barcelona via FutureLearn


Explore postpartum health problems and learn when to seek help as a new mother

After giving birth, women can struggle to access reliable resources and trustworthy information regarding their own health. There can be confusion surrounding what is and what isn’t normal after giving birth and many mothers unnecessarily suffer in silence.

On this course, you will gain advice and strategies on how to prioritise postpartum care and help women support one another during the postpartum period. You will address common physical and mental health challenges after birth, learning how to help yourself and when to seek professional healthcare.

This course is designed for women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or have recently had a baby. It’s ideal for anyone interested in postpartum maternal health issues, including midwives, nurses, and obstetricians.


  • Your health after having a baby
    • Perceptions of health after motherhood
    • Physical exercise and your body postpartum
    • Reflections
  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises and incontinence
    • Learning about incontinence
    • Pelvic floor muscle exercises
    • Reflections
  • Mental health
    • Speaking up about your health
    • Maternal mental health
    • Reflections
  • Sexual health and relationships
    • Relationships and social support
    • Domestic violence and supports
    • Managing your sexual health
    • Reflections

Taught by

Silvia Gallagher


4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 62 ratings

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