Perinatal Mental Health – Service Needs and Interventions
Dr Amanda Jones, Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist
Dr Janine Lynch, Consultant Psychiatrist
Friday, May 27th 2016
The mental and physical health of the mother and infant in the antenatal and postnatal period is recognized as critical to the wellbeing of both. The development of an effective perinatal response to infants and their families takes a multi-disciplinary approach and an acceptance that the mental health needs of parents and infants during this time cannot be met by a single agency. This conference aims to highlight the importance of a perinatal mental health service from conception by establishing a professional safety net around pregnant women suffering perinatal emotional breakdown or other serious mental illness, while also addressing the requisite of multidisciplinary perinatal care pathways for high risk mothers and their babies.
This event is relevant to all professionals working with women and families in the perinatal period; midwives, obstetricians, social workers, public health nurses, GP’s, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and psychologists.
9.00am REGISTRATION (TEA/COFFEE)
9.30am – OPENING ADDRESS –Dr Patricia Leahy-Warren
10.00. – 11.30am – Dr Amanda Jones
‘The challenges of providing an integrated perinatal care pathway for mothers and babies experiencing emotional disintegration’
11.30 – 11.50 COFFEE BREAK
11.50-13.00 – Dr Janine Lynch
‘Patients as Parents – the impact of serious mental illness on women who are mothers’.
13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 -15.00 PANEL DISCUSSION chaired by Claire Reardon
Dr Lynch and Dr Jones will be joined for discussion by;
Dr Eugene Cassidy Liaison Psychiatrist CUH Dr Claire Crowe. Clinical Psychologist PSI Perinatal SIG
Nicola O Sullivan (PhD candidate) and Head of Research, Training and Development Bessborough Centre Cork.
Perinatal Mental Health- Service Needs and Interventions – May 27th 2016
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Dr Janine Lynch – is a consultant psychiatrist in the Belfast trust. Her job is split between managing an acute psychiatric inpatient unit and leading a perinatal community mental health team. This team prioritizes the identification and management of women at risk of developing serious mental illness associated with pregnancy and the postpartum period. Dr Lynch is the regional psychiatric assessor on the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths in NI and is also involved in the assessment of cases on a UK wide basis. She is a member of the perinatal executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dr Lynch has taken a lead role in service development in NI and co-chaired the group which developed the regional care pathway for perinatal mental health in line with NICE guidance. Dr Lynch is the lead doctor for safeguarding in mental health in the Belfast trust. She is extensively involved in multidisciplinary teaching in both perinatal mental health and safeguarding issues, and also in working across the interface between mental health and childcare services.
Dr Amanda Jones is Professional Lead & Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist for NELFT NHS Foundation Trust’s Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service (PPIMHS). This is the largest community perinatal service of its kind in the UK and offers psychiatric and psychotherapy treatment to pregnant women and their partners experiencing serious mental illness during pregnancy and up until the baby reaches toddlerhood. The team is made up of Perinatal Psychotherapists, Perinatal Psychiatrists, and Perinatal Community Mental Health Practitioners. Amanda trained as a systemic therapist. Her doctoral research at the Tavistock Centre/UEL studied how mothers’ use of maladaptive defensive processes can derail their baby’s development. In collaboration Channel 4 and the Anna Freud Centre, Amanda was the therapist in the series Help Me Love My Baby, winner of the Royal Television Society’s best educational programme. Amanda speaks nationally and internationally on the subject of understanding and helping perinatal emotional illness.
Dr Eugene Cassidy graduated in Medicine from UCD in 1992. He completed a Master of Medical Science (Physiology, Hons) at UCD in 1995. He completed specialist training in Psychiatry in Cluain Mhuire and St John of God Mental Health Service, Dublin in 1998 and subsequently worked as a special Lecturer in Adult Psychiatry at UCD. He was a clinical Research Fellow in Liaison Psychiatry at Beaumont Hospital, RCSI, 1999-2001). He completed higher Specialist Training in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital/Institute of Psychiatry in London prior to his appointment to his current post in 2003. This is a full-time clinical post providing a liaison psychiatry service at Cork University Hospital.
Dr Patricia Leahy-Warren PhD. MSc (Research), Hdip PHN, BSc, RPHN, RM, RGN. Patricia is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Education at the School of Nursing and Midwifery in University College Cork. She is a registered nurse, midwife, public health nurse with many years of clinical experience, particularly in maternal and child health. She teaches across Postgraduate Nursing and Midwifery programmes on maternal and child health, research, primary and community care including health promotion. She supervises students from undergraduate to doctoral research on maternal and child health related topics. She leads the ‘Maternal and Child Research Theme’ with the School of Nursing & Midwifery UCC, and is engaged in the management committee with the European COST Action, Building Intrapartum Research Through Health (BIRTH) – an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth. She is a scholar of the European Academy of Nursing Science; a member of the Marcé Society; and the Institute of Community Health Nursing. Patricia’s research interest relates to support for mothers and their families, particularly in the perinatal period. Her doctoral research studied Social Support, Maternal Parental Self-efficacy and risk of Postpartum Depression for First-Time mothers. She has published widely and presents internationally on the topic of risk of postpartum depression.
Dr Claire Crowe. Senior Pediatric Clinical Psychologist, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating The National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. Claire works with children who present with metabolic disorders at birth or later in childhood, who strive to reach the normal developmental milestones of infancy and childhood despite ill-health, hospitalizations, and the rigors of intensive and invasive medical regimes. Claire works within the context of the parent-child relationship to strengthen parental capacity while promoting both an understanding of the needs of infants and children and their parents’ unique ability to meet those needs. As a member of the PSI Claire is vice chairperson to Parent Infant Mental Health Special Interest Group (PIMHSIG) Claire is a past member of the Infant Mental Health Network Group in North Cork from 2013 – 2015, where she worked in CAMHS was hugely influenced by the Infant Mental Health Perspectives. She has lectured in University College Cork on Infant Mental Health and made presentations on Infant Mental Health and Trauma to psychology colleagues working in the HSE. She is currently a member of the Irish Association for Infant Mental Health and a member of the Young Ballymun Infant Mental Health Group
Nicola O Sullivan Head of Research, Education and Training at the Bessborough Centre, Cork. Nicola has been engaging for three years, in a Prof Doctorate in Social Care and Emotional Wellbeing at the Tavistock and Portman Trust in London. Her research interests include psycho-social research, fear and anxiety in professional practice with infants and toddlers, and relationship based practice. Nicola worked for four years as clinical manager of a residential parent and infant unit with a specific focus on infant mental health in the context of child protection, at the Bessborough Centre. Her earlier professional achievements include the establishment and management of the Limetree child protection family support service in the Cork area. Nicola worked for ten years with children in the Irish residential care system. She has a degree in Social Science from University College Cork and a Masters in Child Protection and Welfare from Trinity College Dublin. She provides training on attachment, chronic neglect, and complex working environments. She teaches on the subject of Infant Mental Health and Child Protection at Trinity College Dublin and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Practice. Nicola is currently involved in developing a project to therapeutically support mothers who have had successive losses of infants and children to the care system.
Claire Reardon Perinatal Psychotherapist (RGN RM MA MIAHIP) has worked with woman and families in the perinatal phase of their development both as a midwife and as a psychotherapist. She has completed all modules in the International Training School in Infancy and Early Years in London (ITSIEY) including the specialist module on Parental Mental Illness. Amongst other trainings she has completed the Parent Infant Relationship Assessment Tool (PIRAT). In 2009 she jointly set up and currently coordinates the Cork City Parent Infant Network Group (CCPING) to support and capacity build a multi-disciplinary group interested in perinatal mental health. Claire is an associate member of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Project at The Anna Freud Centre London since Sept 2013. Claire offers capacity building within multi-disciplinary teams on IMH theory and practice, she works therapeutically with high-risk parents and babies in the perinatal period in the Bessborough Centre where she also set up and co-works The Babble Group. This parent and baby group aims to promote parental reflective functioning within high risk families and is one of 15 core projects nationwide funded by the Katharine Howard Foundation Parenting Support Initiative.