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Date and time
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 16:00 to 17:30
Address
Castle Drive
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1SL
United Kingdom

About the Event

Dr Claire Chatterton, Nation Manager North, The Open University (and Visiting Professor, University of Chester) and Dr Ann Mitchell, Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing, The Open University

It has long been recognised that some women experience mental distress in the period after they have given birth.  In the early nineteenth century severe postnatal mental disorder acquired the diagnostic label of ‘puerperal insanity’ in the UK, a term which later changed to puerperal or postpartum psychosis. The growing institutionalisation of mental health care meant that women with this condition were often admitted to asylums during the nineteenth century where they were separated from their baby and family. Some were to endure long periods as inpatients. This was to continue largely until the 1960s but changes started to occur in the preceding 20 years in the UK when pioneering psychiatrists began to admit mothers with their children. Mother and baby units were to become an established part of mental health care and remain so in contemporary practice.

Host: Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society

Please note that this is a virtual event and will take place via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how to join will be sent out to all registered participants prior to the event.

Please contact: fhsc.histsoc@chester.ac.uk to book your place.

Directions

Address

Castle Drive
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1SL
United Kingdom