Tea-Time Talks - The mental health of pregnant women and new mums: ‘Fear of childbirth; considering the continuum of expectant mothers’ fear, from almost free of fear to severe or disabling fear.'
Speaker: Catriona Jones, Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull and Claire Marshall, Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse and Clinical Lead. Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
Fear of childbirth (FOC) is conceptualised along a continuum, with women who are almost free of fear at one end, and women with severe or disabling fear (known as tokophobia) at the other. It can have debilitating effects. Some women avoid pregnancy, despite the desire to have children. For those who do become pregnant, the condition can overshadow pregnancy and affect the choices they make for labour and birth. They have specific risks in relation to their clinical state, including severe levels of anxiety and depression and the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For some women, self-harm and suicide risk increase as pregnancy progresses. Risks to the baby/fetal risk include termination of pregnancy and potential difficulties with bonding and attachment. This talk illustrates how we are working to provide effective treatment and support for women who suffer from this difficult condition.
About Catriona Jones:
Catriona Jones is a Registered Midwife (RM), a Lecturer in Midwifery, and a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull. Since becoming a midwife in 1996 she has practiced in a variety of midwifery settings in the United Kingdom, working alongside women and their families within a number of different models of maternity care. Catriona has worked at the University of Hull since 2004. Her various roles and responsibilities have included Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Midwifery Programme (2008–2011), and Deputy and Acting Lead Midwife for Education in 2011.
About Claire Marshall:
Claire is a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse and Clinical Lead in the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust. Alongside her busy clinical role, she has worked collaboratively with the maternal and reproductive health research team at the University of Hull across the last 12 years to improve service delivery by resolving the many challenges which exist in the everyday practice of perinatal mental health provision, for example, addressing poor attendance in perinatal mental health care, and improving the prediction, diagnosis and referral rates into perinatal mental health services. In addition, she has a key role in designing and delivering the degree and masters level perinatal mental health module provided by the University of Hull. She is currently undertaking a NIHR funded clinical fellowship with University of Hull.
Cost: Free Admission – All welcome but booking is required in order to guarantee a place and to enable us to ensure we have an adequately sized room booked for the session. For more information and to book online, please click here.