How can midwives develop their support skills for women with mental health needs during the ante natal period?

Deirdre Madden

Trinity College Dublin

Deirdre is an RPN with 14 years clinical experience, gaining diverse clinical knowledge in Ireland and abroad before returning to Ireland in 2008. Since then, she has worked exclusively in the area of Perinatal Mental Health, developing the first CNS post in Perinatal Mental health in Ireland. Currently Deirdre is in the process of developing this post to Advanced Nurse Practitioner level. As part of gaining her MSc in Mental Health, Deirdre completed her dissertation in an area of clinical significance in one organisation.


Context and Background: Pregnancy and childbirth is a time of great physiological, emotional and social change; when mental health difficulties can emerge or intensify, and impact negatively on obstetric outcomes. Currently in... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Deirdre Madden (Trinity College Dublin)
  2. Vivienne Brady (Trinity College Dublin)

Topic Area

Maternity care and women's health


OS-4D » OS-4 Midwifery (10:15 - Tuesday, 31st March, seminar room 5)

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