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Essential Skills in Perinatal Mental Health for Maternity Staff Masterclass

IFWIP is delighted to announce that Dr Raja Gangopadhyay, Founder, would be offering a 3-hour workshop entitled: 'Essential Skills in Perinatal Mental Health for Maternity Staff Masterclass' Brief profile of Dr Gangopadhyay:   "Dr Raja Gangopadhyay is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, UK, with a special interest in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH). He is a passionate campaigner to provide comprehensive obstetric care for women with all kinds of Perinatal Mental Health illnesses during their pregnancy and after the childbirth. In conjunction with his multidisciplinary team, Raja has been championing joint approaches to perinatal mental health...

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#ShoutieSelfie & Mummy Links: Inspirational Initiatives by Emily Tredget (UK)

We are delighted to feature the wonderful work by Emily Tredget from the United Kingdom (UK). Emily is a mother of one and has set up MummyLinks as she is 'passionate about helping mums beat loneliness'. She also started the #ShoutieSelfie campaign to raise awareness of maternal mental health and remove the stigma. Emily is also supporting the work of IFWIP as a member of the Board of Adviser.   This is what Emily has to say about her recent focus of work:  "Maternal Mental Health week is just around the corner and I for one can't wait! It's the highlight of my...

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International Forum for Wellbeing In Pregnancy (IFWIP): Who, Why, What & How?

International Forum for Wellbeing In Pregnancy (IFWIP) is a global initiative to create a society where every single mother (and her family) gets the most recent evidence-based scientific information, care and support with regards to health and wellbeing during pregnancy.   This video explains a brief overview of IFWIP. For further enquiries, please email: contact@ifwip.org https://youtu.be/Mn0bzypvdYc   This forum aims to achieve this by bringing together everyone from all across the world who has a passion for promoting the health and the wellbeing in pregnancy. This would help in sharing scientific knowledge, expertise, ideas, and resources from everyone who believes in...

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Raising Awareness through Podcast: Inspirational story of Dr Kat from USA

We are delighted to feature the inspirational work by Dr Katayune Kaeni from California, USA, who is doing a unique and fascinating work in raising awareness and educating the global community on perinatal mental health.  Dr Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D., also known as Dr Kat, is a renowned psychologist based in California (USA) who specializes in perinatal mental health. [caption id="attachment_931" align="aligncenter" width="228"] Dr Katayune Kaeni (Dr Kat)[/caption] She began her specialization several years into her career as a psychologist after she experienced postpartum depression, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) with the birth of her first child.  Unfortunately, as is true for...

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‘Mindfulness for Mothers’: meet Rebecca Ryan from Australia

Today in our Inspiring Stories Category we are delighted to feature the inspirational work by Rebecca Ryan, one of our Board of Advisers. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her family. Rebecca is the founder and principal yoga and meditation teacher at Surrender Yoga and Meditation. She has been teaching meditation, prenatal and postnatal yoga, and mums & bubs yoga since 2007. Rebecca enjoys sharing her passion for meditation with other mothers, whether long-term meditators or newbies and encourages her students to allow mindfulness to seep into their daily lives. A full member of the IYTA (International Yoga Teachers Association), Rebecca was also a faculty member of the inaugural IYTA Diploma of...

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Gender equality: Call for action from the World Health Organisation (WHO)

On the 2018 International Women’s Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called for "a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health services". In his statement, he acknowledged that "Gender equality must be at the core of 'Health for All'' The WHO theme of 2018 International Women's Day (IWD) was “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. Each year the IWD is celebrated to highlight the social, cultural, political and economic achievements of women across the world. It is indeed sad to see that gender inequality still exists...

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An inspirational Pharmacist making a difference in patient care…

The outstanding contribution of the pharmacists to the patient care is celebrated today in the social media using the #pharmacy24. IFWIP would like to thank all the pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy staff from all around the world for their tireless work in medicine and healthcare. On this occasion, we are delighted to feature the inspirational work by Hala Jawad, one of our Board of Advisers. Hala is a pharmacist from the United Kingdom who, in her own words, 'is passionate about all things pharmacy!'  She has been one of the lucky ones to have been involved in many other activities outside of a traditional...

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Inspiring story: World Health Innovation Summit

We are delighted to publish a guest blog from Mr Gareth Presch, Founder & CEO, World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS). Mr Presch is one of the members of the Board of Advisers of IFWIP and has been a great supporter of the work IFWIP is doing. WHIS organised an event (along with The Happy Mums Foundation) at Carlisle in December 2016 to raise awareness on wellbeing during pregnancy and beyond. We would like to thank Mr Gareth Presch for the blog: World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS) was inspired by the Carlisle Ambassadors in 2015 and the inspiring Give A Day to the City...

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IFWIP attends Unlimited Wellbeing event at Derby (UK)

IFWIP Founder, Dr Raja Gangopadhyay, had an opportunity to have an Exhibition stand to showcase the work of IFWIP to raise awareness of wellbeing in pregnancy in global perspective. The Exhibition and the Conference was organised by Unlimited Wellbeing at the Pride Park Stadium (Derby, United Kingdom). This was a brilliant event and there was excellent turnover. [caption id="attachment_854" align="alignnone" width="300"] Pride Park Stadium, Derby, UK[/caption] IFWIP stand was very well attended and people from all walks of life came and appreciated this global initiative. Dr Gangopadhyay also had an opportunity to speak with other Exhibitors and shared the theme of IFWIP with...

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Inspirational work: meet Emma Jane Sasaru from United Kingdom

Dr Raja Gangopadhyay, Founder, International Forum for Wellbeing In Pregnancy (IFWIP) requested Emma Jane Sasaru to share her inspirational work in supporting mothers and families. Emma is from United Kingdom (UK) and working tirelessly in 'raising awareness of perinatal PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder and birth trauma by talking at conferences, campaigning, blogging and helping with the setting up of strategic pathways in local Trusts and helping develop education for healthcare professionals'.  Emma summarised her work as follows: "I currently work in the National Health Service (NHS) in the Health in Pregnancy Service (HiPS) team at the Walsall NHS Healthcare NHS Trust...

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