Learn to take care of your physical and mental health postpartum and feel supported postpartum.
Explore postpartum health problems and find out when to seek help
After giving birth, some women have difficulty accessing reliable and appropriate health information and resources. In this course, you will find tips and strategies on how to prioritize your postpartum care and discover how women can support each other during this time.
Common challenges regarding physical and mental health after childbirth will be addressed, and you will find strategies for taking care of yourself and recommendations for when to seek professional medical care. What topics will you encounter?
- Week 1: Maternal Health
Myths and misconceptions about maternal health are discussed. It differentiates between what is common and what is normal, and tips are given on how to prioritize your health postpartum.
- Week 2: Physical Health
What is urinary and anal incontinence will be explained, and pelvic floor muscle training techniques will be given.
- Week 3: Mental Health
Some concepts such as postpartum anxiety and depression are explained, and strategies will be given to make your social support network visible.
- Week 4: Sexual Health and Relationships
Aspects of sexual health related to sexuality after childbirth, the identification of sexual health problems or the detection of situations of gender violence are discussed.
When would you like to start?
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What are you going to achieve?
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Identify common challenges in postpartum women's health.
- Apply strategies to address postpartum health challenges.
- Recognize when professional help is needed for postpartum health problems.
- Reflect on when and how you can take care of your health.
- Evaluate which health situations are normal and which situations are rare postpartum.
Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at women who are pregnant, who are planning a pregnancy or who recently had a son or daughter. It is also ideal for anyone interested in postpartum maternal health, including midwives, nurses, or obstetricians.
Who will you learn from?
Marta is a biologist and physiotherapist.
She is currently a professor in the nursing degree and researcher in the field of sexual and reproductive health.
Cinny has worked in Women's Health for over 25 years and is the Manager of Physical Therapy at Rotunda Hospital. He lectures regularly at the graduate level and has participated in published research.
I am an Assistant Professor at Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. I've worked as a midwife, teacher midwife, and now a maternal health researcher my entire life and I love it.
Susan Hannon is a research assistant, project manager and now a PhD student in the MAMMI study at Trinity College Dublin, with research interests in the area of maternal mental health and resilience.
Commissioner of Health for Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Catalan Health Service. Professor at the Blanquerna-URL Faculty of Health Sciences.
Midwife and Pedagogue. Professor at the University of Barcelona. Responsible for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (SRH) of Catalonia. ICS. Researcher in projects on SSyR.
Who developed the course?
Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is the highest ranked university in Ireland. It promotes a diverse and interdisciplinary environment to foster groundbreaking research, innovation and creativity.
University of Barcelona
The University of Barcelona is the main public institution of higher education in Catalonia. Dedicated to innovation and teaching excellence, it is the first university research center in Spain and a European benchmark for research quality.
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