Clinicians and Services

Below are articles, powerpoint presentations and reports relevant to clinicians working in the perinatal mental health sector.


Clinicians in universal/primary care services see


NICE Guidelines

Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance – NICE guidelines  [CG192] (click here)

Children’s attachment: attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care – NICE guidelines [NG26] Published date: November 2015


MBRRACE-UK: Mothers and babies: Reducing risk through audits and confidential enquiries across the UK

Powerpoint presentations covering the findings and recommendation from the MBRRACE Saving Lives Improving Mothers’ Care enquiry which were presented at the report launch meeting in December 2015.

 Powerpoint presentations on Saving Lives report into maternal deaths


The 1001 Critical Days resources

The 1001 Critical Days manifesto highlights the importance of intervening early in the 1001 critical days between conception to age 2 to enhance the outcomes for children. Below is a list of helpful resources from their website.

1001 Critical days resources

Learning modules on maternal mental health from The Maternal and Child Health and Psychology teams at NHS Education for Scotland

Each module represents around 2 ½ hours of learning and will be of interest to anyone who works with pregnant women and new families, including health visitors, midwives, GPs, obstetricians, paediatricians, neonatal nurses, mental health teams, substance misuse teams, psychologists and third sector organisations.

Module One: Understanding maternal mental health

Module Two: Maternal mental health: the woman’s journey

To access these modules:

Royal College of GP’s Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit

Mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year after birth are often under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated. The RCGP recognises the importance of better detection and treatment of mental health problems during this perinatal time and has put together the following Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit. It is a set of relevant tools to assist members of the primary care team to deliver the highest quality care to women with mental health problems in the perinatal period. As well as offering a diverse collection of resources, the Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit gives details of additional learning for individual practitioners.

The Lancet Nov 15, 2014Perinatal Mental Health

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Maternal depression, anxiety and stress during pregnancy and child outcome; what needs to be done by Professor Vivette Glover

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Articles from the JAMA Psychiatry, a monthly, peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association

  1. Risks and Predictors of Readmission for a Mental Disorder During the Postpartum Period



2. Maternal Depression During Pregnancy and the Postnatal Period



Perinatal Positive Practice Guide 2013 by Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

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