SUPPORTING POSTNATAL CHALLENGES
The postnatal period is not always a straightforward time for parents and those caring for them. What happens during the antenatal period and birth may have a short or long term impact on the woman and her baby. This boxset addresses some of the challenges that may arise and offers some guidance to midwives on how to provide better support in these situations.
Do maternal experiences of childbirth influence infant behaviour?
2019 | 18 mins | Supporting Postnatal Challenges
Dr Carmen Power delivered this presentation whilst a PhD student at Swansea university, explaining her study work surrounding women’s experiences of childbirth and the influence infant behaviour. She provides detail on the study which included data from 999 mothers. The study demonstrates that there are physical and psychological factors during labour that could affect a baby’s behaviour in the first 24hours after birth. Positive emotions of women in labour also appear to have a positive affect on the baby. These results appear to remain over a longer term but tend to reduce with time. Carmen concludes with implication for practice, particularly around increased support and debriefing for difficult birth experiences.
Dr Carmen Power
A conceptual framework to improve outcomes for bereaved parents: empowerment for memory making
2017 | 30 mins | Supporting Postnatal Challenges
Rachel Hayden, founder and trainer, Gifts of Remembrance, shares her personal story of loss of her son Rowan. She explains the importance of creating meaningful memories for bereaved parents through enabling a safe environment to enable physical engagement with the baby. She explores care role modelling by the midwife and developing links with their home life. Rachel highlights ways that the parents can be involved and empowered in order to better support. She shares information about the courses that are available. Questions and responses are included.
Rachel Hayden, founder and trainer, Gifts of Remembrance
Supporting women who haven’t been able to breastfeed
2018 | 28 mins | Supporting Postnatal Challenges
Professor Amy Brown, Professor of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at the University of Swansea, presents her qualitative study with women who have not been able to achieve breastfeeding goals when they wanted to. She points to the background behind the study and highlights the emotions the women experienced. The presentation focusses on the suggestions from the women of how they feel services and care could be improved to provide support. Amy completes with a wider society focus and providing key points for practice.
Professor Amy Brown, Professor of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, University of Swansea
Supporting parents with a diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome
2017 | 25 mins | Supporting Postnatal Challenges
Jo Hughes, Down’s Syndrome Scotland, talks about how to support parents with a baby who is diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. She explores some of the history of understanding of the causes and discusses the characteristics of the syndrome. Jo explains the role of the charity and their work with maternity services including provision of a pack in a number of languages. She explains how they interact with new parents and provide information about the early health checks. She addresses the feedback from parents at the point of diagnosis, including ensuring the language chosen is ‘people first’. The presentation also includes responses to a number of questions from the audience.
Jo Hughes, Down’s Syndrome Scotland
Evidence based treatment and peer support for perinatal women following traumatic birth
2017 | 35 mins | Supporting Postnatal Challenges
Emma Mathews and Claire Kay from the Birth Trauma Association share the aims for the organisation and the challenge of postnatal Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They explain PTSD and the importance of evidence based practice. The best treatment for PTSD is introduced and stories shared. Claire shares her personal experience and how she set up peer support groups for other women. The talk includes questions and responses with the audience.
Emma Mathews, Perinatal Mental Health Midwife, Psychosexual Therapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Birth Trauma Association
Claire Kay, Founder, Birth Story Listeners