Issue Brief

How Health Visitors Can Impact Perinatal Mental Health

Authors: Rachel Aine Leonard (Queens University Belfast) , Anne Grant (Queens University Belfast) , Kerstin Söderström (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) , Louise Hales (Queens University Belfast)

  • How Health Visitors Can Impact Perinatal Mental Health

    Issue Brief

    How Health Visitors Can Impact Perinatal Mental Health

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Abstract

Maternal mental illness is a growing public health concern. The impact of mental illness during the perinatal period (during pregnancy or up to one year after giving birth) can be significant not only for mothers but also for their children, partners and wider family. Health visitors (qualified nurses or midwives who have undertaken specialist training in community public health) are in a unique position during the perinatal period to support mothers and their families. However, the type of support and its frequency in health visiting can vary. In addition, there is limited research that considers what factors may enable or hinder health visitors’ family-focused practice. This issue brief provides an overview of current health visiting practice in maternal mental health, places family-focused practice within the context of health visiting and outlines future research developments.

Keywords: Family-focused practice, Health visiting, Maternal mental illness, Public health

How to Cite:

Leonard, R. A., Grant, A., Söderström, K. & Hales, L., (2019) “How Health Visitors Can Impact Perinatal Mental Health”, Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health 4(2): 1010. doi: https://doi.org/10.7191/parentandfamily.1010

Rights: Copyright © 2019 Leonard, Grant, Söderström, and Hales

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01 Aug 2019
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