Learn how to take care of your physical and mental health after giving birth and feel supported during the postpartum period.
Explore postpartum health problems and learn when to seek help as a new mother
After giving birth, women can struggle to access reliable resources and trustworthy information regarding their own health. There can be confusion surrounding what is and what isn’t normal after giving birth and many mothers unnecessarily suffer in silence.
On this course, you will gain advice and strategies on how to prioritise postpartum care and help women support one another during the postpartum period. You will address common physical and mental health challenges after birth, learning how to help yourself and when to seek professional healthcare.
What topics will you cover?
- Week 1
Maternal health: Presents myths and misconceptions on maternal health globally. Learners will understand what is common versus what is normal, and how to prioritize your health postpartum.
- Week 2
Physical health: We will discuss urinary and anal incontinence, and provide pelvic floor muscle training techniques.
- Week 3
Mental health: Postpartum anxiety and depression are discussed, with learners identifying and building a social support network.
- Week 4
Sexual health and relationships: Returning to sexual intimacy, identifying sexual health problems and recognising intimate partner violence are the topics examined in our final week together.
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Identify common postpartum health challenges.
- Apply strategies to address postpartum health challenges.
- Recognise when professional help is needed for postpartum health problems.
- Reflect on when self-help actions are needed.
- Assess what is normal and uncommon health challenges postpartum.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or have recently had a baby. It’s ideal for anyone interested in postpartum maternal health issues, including midwives, nurses, and obstetricians.
Who will you learn with?
I’m an Assistant Professor in Midwifery, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. I’ve worked as a midwife, midwife teacher & now maternal health researcher all my life & I love it.
Cinny has worked in Women's Health for over 25 years and is the Physiotherapy Manager in the Rotunda Hospital. She regularly lectures at postgraduate level and has participated in published research.
Susan Hannon is a research assistant, project manager and now PhD student with the MAMMI Study in Trinity College Dublin, with research interests in the area of maternal mental health and resilience.
Who developed the course?
Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s highest-ranked university. It promotes a diverse, interdisciplinary environment to nurture ground-breaking research, innovation, and creativity.
Universitat de Barcelona
The University of Barcelona is the principal public institution of higher education in Catalonia. Dedicated to innovation and teaching excellence, it is the leading centre of university research in Spain and a European benchmark for research quality.
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