Doctor delivers perinatal mental health course to Malta

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Dr Rina Gupta - Credit: Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)

An Essex doctor has delivered a course for hospital workers in Malta caring for new and expectant mothers experiencing mental health difficulties.

Dr Rina Gupta, a perinatal psychiatrist from the Rainbow Mother and Baby Unit at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), led a virtual three-day training programme to midwives, psychologists and psychiatrists from the country.

It included a series of presentations, workshops and discussions about supporting mums, mums-to-be and their families throughout pregnancy and in the early days of their child’s life.

The Trust provides a perinatal mental health service across Essex that offers community and inpatient treatment and support.

Dr Gupta said: “Pregnancy and becoming a new mum can be a difficult time for some women, putting them at risk of developing mental health difficulties.

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“Perinatal mental health services are all about helping mums and their families to have safe, healthy pregnancies and supportive postnatal experiences.”

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