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Unit of Study MIDW2014 - Perinatal Mental Health (2023)

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

demonstrate knowledge of the common mental health issues experienced by women during the childbearing continuum and the first year after birth

examine the midwife's role in screening, care, and support when working with women and their families experiencing mental health issues during the perinatal period

discuss the cultural, contextual, personal, biological and interpersonal factors that contribute to mental illness

identify the impact working with women, and their families, experiencing perinatal mental health issues can have on the midwife

Prescribed learning resources

Prescribed Texts
  • Pairman, S., Tracy, S. K., Dahlen, H., & Dixon, L., 2019, Midwifery: preparation for practice, 4th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW. ISBN: 9780729542678.
Prescribed Resources/Equipment
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia. (2018). Midwifery Standards for practice.


  • Carlin, E., Atkinson, D., & Marley, J. V. (2019). 'Having a Quiet Word': Yarning with Aboriginal Women in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia about Mental Health and Mental Health Screening during the Perinatal Period. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(21), 4253. doi:10.3390/ijerph16214253


  • Lemmens, G., Van Parys, A.-S., Vogels, C., Roelens, K., & Van Damme, R. (2019). Early detection and treatment of perinatal mental health disorders: A perinatal mental health care protocol. Journal of psychosomatic research, 121, 151-151. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2019.03.154


  • Centre of Perinatal Excellence


  • Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia


  • Promoting Perinatal Mental Health Wellness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities


Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods.