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Perinatal Mental Health - Elaine Hanzak case study

Photo_Elaine_Hanzak_for_web_article.jpgElaine was treated in her home county of Cheshire for postnatal mental illness following the birth of her son. She has since written two books on the subject from an expert by experience perspective and is a well-known national figure and speaker in the area of perinatal mental health. She keeps up to date on all current and planned policies in this subject and we are very fortunate to be able to benefit through her involvement with the Perinatal Mental Health SCN.

Elaine has shared her personal experience and also represents many families informally. In 2015 she wrote her second book, aimed at both parents and professionals, around considering another baby after a perinatal mental illness and openly shared relevant information with the group. Several other members attended her book launch conference and Elaine also attended the ‘Improving ME’ event.

Being involved locally and being able to bring national issues to the group’s attention has brought Elaine great personal satisfaction. Through research for her book, she identified a need for preconception counselling for women at risk of perinatal mental illness and this has been added to the new pathway. She also called for funding and awareness-raising about the counselling.

Elaine is increasingly involved in Parliament for the 1001 Critical Days meetings and brings this information back to the local level. She is always keen to inspire healthcare professionals to continue to work together for the good of the people they care for and appreciates all that they do.

“Even if you had a baby many years ago or your loved one did, I encourage you to get involved to help form and influence the care of future babies and their parents. The professionals welcome and need our input to encourage them on what is already being done that is great and to develop areas that could be better.”

Even if you had a baby many years ago or your loved one did, I encourage you to get involved to help form and influence the care of future babies and their parents

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