Since last March around 45,000 babies have been born in Scotland, but what impact have the COVID-19 restrictions had on new mums' and dads' mental health?
Mothers have given birth under new, restricted and emotionally stressful circumstances. Many dads have being excluded from NHS appointments, scans or early labour and have been unable to support their partner in the way they wanted. In addition access to health visitors or other family support is limited. Perinatal mental health was already a major concern before the pandemic but what impact is this disruption having on new parents' mental health and on fathers in particular?
On Thursday 25 February at 10am join academic psychologist Dr. Andy Mayers from Bournemouth University to find out why he believes “perinatal mental health services need a better understanding about what support fathers feel they may need” and join in the conversation about how best to provide that support whilst preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Dr Andy Mayers
Andy is an academic psychologist, based at Bournemouth University, specialising in perinatal mental health (for mothers, fathers and their families). He actively campaigns locally and nationally, with the aim of improving mental health services. He helps design and improve mental health support services. He serves on several local and national advisory groups for perinatal mental health, including groups that influence NHS policy changes.
- Website www.andrewmayers.uk
- Twitter @DrAndyMayers
- Instagram @drandymayers
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February 25, 2021 at 10am - 11am