University of Technology Sydney

92674 Perinatal Mental Health

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject is based on a population health approach to perinatal mental health promotion. The role of the midwife in early recognition of protective and risk factors that impact on women’s mental health and the development of their infants is explored. Students build the clinical midwifery skills required to work both in primary healthcare and within multidisciplinary contexts to support women’s emotional and psychological health and wellbeing during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal year.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Demonstrate the role and scope of practice of the midwife in supporting women’s emotional health and well-being during the perinatal period, including a comprehensive understanding of community resources to support maternal wellness.
B. Undertake universal evidence based screening and appropriate woman centered referral to and collaboration with psychiatric, psychological, community and other relevant services.
C. Discuss the relevance of a strengths-based approach to perinatal mental health care.
D. Critically explore and discuss depression, anxiety and related conditions that may occur during the perinatal period and understand the implications of mental illness upon childbearing and early parenting.