Maternal Perinatal Mental Health

Key information

Course Leader: Debbie Sharp

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: Blended learning - face to face and online sessions.

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 65, Independent Hours - 235

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 40


  • 24/01/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

Students must be registered midwives and also be working in or having regular access to a relevant practice environment/client group   

Course Overview

This module affords healthcare professionals the opportunity to address the recommendations of national agendas highlighting the importance of acting early to support women with perinatal mental health issues.

The module may include:

• Communication for example listening to women; positive parenting and coping strategies. • Epidemiology of perinatal conditions. • Mental Capacity Act. • Safeguarding. • Attachment theory and psychological effects on the fetus/infant. • Psychotic disorders and mental health disorders in general and recognition of pre−existing conditions and risk factors. • Physical manifestations of mental health behaviours e.g. self−harm. • Maternal suicide. • Treatment / medication of women. • Cultural and ethnic diversity in relation to mental health issues. • Service provision: coping strategies/ counselling/intervention/signposting where to get help. • Integrated care pathways. • Application of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Standards to practice including emotional attachment and brain development. • Care of the mother and baby in challenging circumstances for example if they are separated. • Looking to the future re: wellness and subsequent pregnancies.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding: 

1.Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of the epidemiology of the neuroscience related to fetal and infant development   


2.Critically analyse the evidence related to women's feelings in the perinatal period, family dynamics and relationships, cultural and religious issues in relation to mental health.

3.Critically analyse their knowledge and understanding of the implications of mental health issues and effective treatments. 

4.Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of the epidemiology of mental health


5.Critically analyse national and local policies and drivers in order to identify specific population needs. 


Skills and Attributes:  


1.Synthesise information in order to recognise and detect possible significant harm to the woman and/or her fetus/infant.  

2. Critically analyse and reflect on personal, professional experiences and how these impact care including how to access support for the health professional. 

3. Develop communication skills to enhance care and compassion to meet women's needs effectively.  


4. Synthesise and utilise the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Standards to support a mother in building a close and loving relationship with her baby, valuing clients as partners in care.  


5. Critically analyse and demonstrate ways to explore women's perceptions and expectations of motherhood within a multi− disciplinary team to identify those at risk, support services and networks including appropriate referral where required. 

This is taught by internal midwifery lecturers and specialist in the field 


Two summative assessments: 1) A written element (70%) 2) A practical element (30%).

Both assessments need to be passed