Transition to Parenthood Perinatal Mental Health and Wellness Program

A trial of the Transition to Parenthood Perinatal Mental Health and Wellness Program was conducted 2015-2017 at Redcliffe Hospital Maternity Services, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Australia.

The program focused on promoting the emotional health and wellbeing of families in the perinatal period, from approximately 12 weeks into pregnancy to approximately 8 weeks after birth.

Components of the model included:

  • antenatal education for expectant mothers, fathers, partners and support persons, with a focus on emotional health and wellbeing
  • a postnatal education session for the same cohort, to support emotional health and wellbeing of the parents, their infants and support people
  • active encouragement and empowerment of participants to form connections and continue supporting one another
  • targeted peer support groups for parents experiencing symptoms of perinatal mental illness, conducted by peer support workers with support from perinatal mental health clinicians
  • formalisation and documentation of referral pathways for expectant and new parents experiencing symptoms of mental illness
  • cross-sectoral collaboration across health services, non-government services and peer-led services, to provide information and resources for expectant and new parents and their infants and families
  • a focus on raising public awareness of perinatal and infant mental health and wellbeing

The project was funded by:

  • Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network, Clinical Excellence Division
  • Queensland Mental Health Commission

In-kind support was provided by:

  • Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
  • Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  • Hope’s Room Incorporated
  • Women’s Health Queensland Wide

Manuals and resources

Training is available for services intending to implement a Transition to Parenthood program. Please contact QCPIMH to discuss.

Reports

2017 Final Report to Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network
2017 Final Report to Queensland Mental Health Commission

Contact us

31 Robinson Road Nundah
QLD 4012
t: 07 3266 3100
f: 07 3266 4522
e: pimh@health.qld.gov.au