Maternal mental illness can be addressed:
it is predictable, identifiable, treatable and in many cases, preventable.
Maternal mental health interventions are critical not only because of the high level of need, but because of the preventative and protective impact they have on the social, economic, political and health inequalities faced by women. A significant body of evidence demonstrates the benefits for mother, child, family and society of integrating maternal mental health services into the primary care setting.
Ongoing monitoring and evaluation shows that problems relating to primary support, social environment and lifestyle transition are most commonly reported by distressed women during pregnancy.
Our Clinical work
Statistical analysis of client logs and counselling data at the postnatal follow-up assessment shows that, on average clients report
that their main problem is ‘much improved’ or ‘resolved’ after counselling
successful bonding with their baby
view their life as positive after counselling
In 2019, the PMHP team has
women and girls
women and girls
*on average, women attend 3 counselling sessions
The Service outputs for 2019 are detailed in the table below
|# women booked for first antenatal appointment||2 562|
|# women received mental health screening||1 611|
|Screening coverage (Target: 80%)||63%|
|% qualifying for counselling||32%|
|# women counselled (Target: 200 women)||203|
|# sessions per client (Target: 2 sessions per client)||2,9|
|# women referred to Community Mental Health team||13|
|# referrals made to other supporting organisations||70|
*Hanover Park Midwife Obstetric Units (HP MOU)
In 2019, the Capacity Building programme trained 467 participants.
Direct training outputs for 2019 are detailed below
|Academic course work/seminars|
|4th Year medical students (UCT)||235|
|Advanced child care nurses (UCT)||36|
|Advanced midwives (UCT)||3|
|TOTAL PEOPLE TRAINED BY PMHP||467|