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Indigenous perinatal mental health resources

Posted on: 15 April, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 2, April 2008 - June 2008
Related to Births Cultural ways Social and emotional wellbeing Women Western Australia

WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit (2007)
Indigenous perinatal mental health resources
Subiaco, WA: WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit, Women and Newborn Health Service, Department of Health

The Perinatal Mental Health Unit of the Women and Newborn Health Service at King Edward Hospital in Western Australia has developed a range of resources to address perinatal mental health issues. The resources reflect the emotional experiences of Indigenous women and their families within their cultural context, and include:

Indigenous perinatal mental health resources

Boodjarri business: yarning about feelings after baby [DVD]

This DVD features two WA Indigenous women who have experienced depression during the perinatal period (i.e. during pregnancy and after the baby is born). The women speak openly about their depression and offer advice for other mothers who might be struggling. This DVD also provides information on symptoms, risk factors, treatment and getting help.

Indigenous perinatal mental health resources brochure

Boodjarri business: working with Aboriginal mums, babies and families [DVD]

This DVD provides information for health professionals about cultural considerations and engaging with Indigenous women and families who may be experiencing perinatal mental health issues. The information is provided by a range of Indigenous clinicians who work with families in the community.

Indigenous perinatal mental health resources social wellbeing

Social and emotional wellbeing when you have a new baby [pamphlet series]

‘Mum’s Guide’ and ‘Dad’s Guide’ are two pamphlets developed for new parents. The brochures explain the different emotions a new mother or father can have when a baby is born, and provide some hints on how to get help.

Indigenous perinatal mental health resources for business

Boodjarri business: maternal mental health resource for Aboriginal health workers [booklet]

This 36 page booklet has been designed to accompany training for Aboriginal health workers and other health professionals who work with Indigenous families in the community. It provides definitions of key perinatal mental health issues, symptoms, risk factors, the impact on families and suggestions of ways to help women and their families.

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