Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction
    1. About the Bettercare series
    2. Why decentralised learning?
    3. Bettercare Online Learning Station
    4. Books in the Bettercare series
    5. Format of the courses
    6. Contributors
    7. Updating the course material
    8. Contact information
    9. Registration
  3. 1. Introduction to maternal mental health
    1. Objectives
    2. Introduction to maternal mental health
    3. Risk factors linked to poor maternal mental health
    4. Types of maternal mental illness
    5. Chapter Summary
    6. Case studies
  4. 2. Identifying maternal mental illness
    1. Objectives
    2. Challenges in identifying maternal mental illness
    3. Screening for common maternal mental disorders (depression and anxiety)
    4. Chapter summary
    5. Case studies
  5. 3. Making referrals for maternal mental illness
    1. Objectives
    2. Referrals
    3. Counselling
    4. Defaulting
    5. Doulas
    6. Chapter summary
    7. Case studies
  6. 4. How to help mothers with mental health problems
    1. Objectives
    2. Why pregnancy and childbirth are stressful periods
    3. The Better Births Initiative (BBI)
    4. Health and social worker support
    5. Counselling mothers
    6. Chapter summary
    7. Case studies
    8. Activities
    9. Additional resources
  7. 5. Special medical issues in maternal mental health
    1. Objectives
    2. HIV and mental illness
    3. Substance misuse
    4. The risk of suicide
    5. Postnatal psychosis
    6. Perinatal loss and mental health
    7. Chapter summary
    8. Case studies
  8. 6. Special social issues in maternal mental health
    1. Objectives
    2. Poverty and mental illness
    3. Teenage pregnancy and mental illness
    4. Unintended pregnancy and termination of pregnancy
    5. Refugees and mental illness
    6. Maternal abuse
    7. Child abuse
    8. Chapter summary
    9. Case studies
  9. Resources
    1. 1. Screening tools
    2. 2. Termination of pregnancy (TOP) services
    3. 3. Adoption services
    4. 4. Maintenance Orders
    5. 5. Child Support Grants
    6. 6. Protection Orders
    7. 7. How to make a referral
    8. 8. South African national helplines
    9. 9. South African organisations for training in counselling
  10. References