Perinatal Mental Health Training, including Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma



This much-needed advanced level online Perinatal Mental Health Training, including Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma course is led by an experienced Specialist Clinical and Research Psychologist. It is ideal for childcare and health professionals who have a keen interest in psychological difficulties following traumatic childbirth.


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Why we created this program

In spite of some progress, research shows that there is still a huge amount of stigma around talking about mental health. But in particular, new parents really worry about the consequences of revealing their struggle to someone else because they fear negative judgement, or worse, that they might be considered to be unfit parents by medical professionals.


Left unhelped, this can have long-reaching negative consequences for new parents and their children. This is why we knew it was vital to address this problem, and why we created this program.



91% of new mothers experience some unwanted intrusive thoughts during new motherhood, alongside 88% of new fathers. These are often related to childbirth experiences.

1 in 5


Worldwide, 1 in 5 birthers experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD).

Program Overview:

Babyem has created this course to provide both an analytical and reflective space for professionals to explore the common psychological difficulties following traumatic childbirth, including:

  • Perinatal depression
  • Perinatal anxiety
  • Birth trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • And more

This Perinatal Mental Health Training (including Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma) course will look at the impact of trauma on the brain, body and relationships, as well as assessment tools, medication used and how to manage risk as a practitioner. 


We will also delve into how to support ourselves, as well as families, with issues relating to perinatal mental health. 

The course will guide you to build up a trusting relationship with families, and help you understand all of the different things that someone may be experiencing in the perinatal period, so you can help them to get the right support they need. 


Throughout this advanced-level course, you will develop a deeper understanding of psychosocial interventions to assist individuals suffering from postnatal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I really love that the resources are embedded within the course, not only for my own further learning, but also resources that are appropriate to share with families, which I think is so, so useful to have.”


Joanna Merriweather, IBCLC

What's covered in this Perinatal Mental Health Training including Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma

Throughout this advanced-level course, you will develop a deeper understanding of psychosocial interventions to assist individuals suffering from postnatal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.


EMMA DEWEY Director Babyem

  • Expectations vs Reality
  • Pressures on Parents
  • Useful Theories in Transition to Parenthood
  • What do we mean by Perinatal Mental Health
  • Who is involved in Perinatal Mental Health
  • A word on stigma
  • What is Birth Trauma
  • Why do some people become traumatised
  • Psychological treatments for birth trauma
  • What is Perinatal Depression
  • Psychological Treatments for Depression
  • Symptoms of Anxiety
  • Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Treatment for OCD
  • Other mental health problems
  • Complex trauma
  • The couple relationship in the perinatal period
  • Vulnerability-Stress-Adaptation Model of Relationships Theory
  • The impact of couple conflict on children
  • What you can do to help
  • The impact on the relationship with the baby
  • How does mental health affect the relationship with the baby
  • Attachment Theory
  • What can we do to help
  • Looking after ourselves
  • Compassion fatigue
  • How we can look after ourselves


“At Nannies Incorporated we need our maternity nurses to be the best in the industry. We are continuously impressed by their level of maternity and nanny training.”

Nannies Incorporated

“We highly recommend Babyem as a maternity nurse course provider. Those with a background in childcare wishing to train as a maternity nurse should enrol.”

Maternally Yours

“We are really impressed not only with the content of the Babyem course and all that it covers, but also the teaching style and the flow of the day.”

Eden Private Staff

“Our Nanny candidates have consistently given us great feedback about Babyem, which cover a comprehensive range of skills and subjects.”

Greycoat Lumleys


This course will take approximately 6 hours to complete. 


If you are completing the level 3 Perinatal Mental Health Training, we estimate it will take 30 hours to complete the assessment paper. If you are completing the level 4 assessment paper this is likely to take approximately 40 hours of learning. 


However, the course has been designed to support you to complete the assessment, and we provide you with the key theory and practical steps to ensure you can not only complete the course but also feel confident when working with families.

Our online Perinatal Mental Health Training consists of in-depth online content based on the latest evidence, presented in a very practical way to help you reflect on your current practice and how to best support individuals experiencing perinatal mental health challenges. 


The course is tailored to varied learning styles and includes videos, text, images, quizzes and recorded presentations.

Once you successfully make the payment, you will receive a receipt. 


Within 5 minutes, you will receive confirmation that you have successfully enrolled on the program. You will be sent a welcome email that includes your login details. Should you need additional assistance, please send us an email at info@babyem.co.uk and we can happily help you. 

We understand, and that’s why we offer a payment plan where you can pay in 2 instalments. This makes our Perinatal Mental Health Training really affordable!

In order to receive the OCN accreditation in Perinatal Mental Health, you will need to complete the essay-based assignment.


The assessment details can be accessed on the course platform. You are given 7 weeks to complete the assessment. Each question is approximately 250- 300 words each and relates to the topics covered during the course.


Once completed your work will be marked internally by your assigned course tutor, and then assessed by Open College Network.


If there are any amendments to be made, we let you know by emailing you (or scheduling a call if required) and you are given extra time to make those amendments.


Once your work has been successfully verified, you will receive your certificate through Open College Network. Please note that OCN take approximately 4-6 weeks to verify and submit certificates to us. 

You are welcome to sign up to complete the non-accredited version of the course which doesn’t include an assessment. If you choose to do this, on successful completion of all of the multiple-choice questions you will be given a certificate of achievement (non-accredited).

In order to complete the Perinatal Mental Health Training, candidates are required to have the following in place:


  • Internet access and a working email address
  • Up to date internet browser such as: Google Chrome/Internet Explorer/Safari/Firefox.
  • Ability to hear audio/video via your computer
  • Use of a computer to study the course – tablets and smartphones are not advisable for studying.

Yes! We want to make it easy for you to digest all the information!


Each module (topic) consists of a number of lessons, and most lessons have sub-lessons. After each of the lessons, you will be required to complete short multiple-choice questions. You are required to achieve 80% in each of the lessons to pass, however, you are able to retake those tests. Therefore, if you do not pass, you keep retaking until you do!

Great news, we can’t wait to start working with you! All you need to do is click the link which will take you to the booking page, where you can choose the right payment plan for you.

The quickest way to get your questions answered is to contact the Babyem team and we can happily help you.


DR EMMA Svanberg Clinical Psychologist

Chartered clinical psychologist Dr Emma Svanberg (DClinPsy) is known as The Mumologist and works with parents and parents to be supporting them through their parenting journey. Working as part of a collective, Emma and her colleagues together offer whole-family support in person and through her online community The Village. Emma is a published author and her work has been featured in The Guardian, Marie Claire, BBC News and Mother & Baby. She brings over 10 years of academic and clinical experience to help you understand why this period should not be treated as ‘business as usual’, but is a time of immense pressure and stress for parents.


About our facilitators

This online Perinatal Mental Health Training course has been created in partnership with renowned Perinatal Clinical Psychologist Emma Svanberg, a leading expert in this field.

“The Babyem course is a fantastic resource to learn about perinatal mental illness. It has content from clinical and perinatal psychologists who do very short, informative, and easy to follow videos, so you can learn as you go along.


EVE CANAVAN | Coordinator of the UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week for Perinatal Mental Health Partnership and Postpartum psychosis survivor.


  • Access to 8 core modules
  • Flexible & Accessible
  • Lifetime access to online course content
  • Certificate of completion


  • Access to 8 core modules
  • Flexible & Accessible
  • Lifetime access to online course content
  • Certificate of completion
  • Level 3 accreditation through the awarding body Open College Network


  • Access to 8 core modules
  • Flexible & Accessible
  • Lifetime access to online course content
  • Certificate of completion
  • Level 4 accreditation through the awarding body Open College Network


We offer a 14-day money-back guarantee. 


We are so confident in the quality of our training that we know that we are providing you with the best training in the industry, supported by leading experts.


However, we also want you to feel comfortable with your investment – so we offer a 14-day money-back guarantee. If you join and within 14 days and decide the program isn’t right for you, then you can request a full refund and we wish you well for the future. We are confident that you will love the course and we are very excited at the opportunity to support you and be part of your journey!