Every year, PRoF awards innovative projects in the health care sector that are a perfect match with the PRoF mission: bringing together interdisciplinary professionals (care, medical, companies, universities, etc.) to envision and create new health care concepts. No wonder then, that the “toolkit for perinatal mental health” received the PRoF award.
This toolkit is a co-creation of Ghent University, the Karus Mother & Baby Centre, the community health centres in Ghent, Maternity Care East Flanders, the Department of Neonatology of the Ghent University Hospital, and the Mother & Baby Unit of the Zoersel hospital. The partners shared knowledge and expertise and together, they created a practical solution to help women with mental health problems during pregnancy.
As many as one in five women develop these problems, but detection often comes too late. The toolkit offers a range of practical tools and training programs that can be easily implemented within routine prenatal care. The toolkit helps doctors and midwives to better detect mental problems, so that they can intervene and start treatment more quickly. The PRoF consortium was delighted to hand out the 2018 PRoF Award to this project, praising its positive impact on both mother and baby.