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South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) is playing host to the Stafford Symposium on Mother and Baby Mental Health at St George’s Hospital on 24 and 25 May 2018.

This meeting will be attended by experts from Brazil, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the UK and will include discussion on the worldwide development of the mother and baby mental health specialty.

The Symposium follows the 2014 workshop which developed the Stafford Interview for Maternal Mental Health. Led by Professor Ian Brockington, Professor Emeritus, University of Birmingham, this publication helps in the process of assessing new mothers who are experiencing mental health problems associated with pregnancy or birth and is an important tool in planning care. The tool also forms the basis for research into maternal mental well being.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive SSSFT said, “We are delighted to be hosting this important, international event which will bring experts together from across the world to discuss developments and initiatives aimed at improving the mental well being of mothers and mums to be. At the Brockington Unit we aim to provide inpatient mental health services to women experiencing psychological and emotional difficulties related to the latter stages of pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood and we are excited to welcome other specialists working in this field and to be able to share experiences and learn from them. It is also an honour to work with Professor Brockington, a world renowned expert in women’s mental health”.