How to Talk About Mental Health in Prenatal Classes: Using the Mental Health Key Messages

Webinar in English for for Prenatal Educators: How to teach about the various mental health key messages. (2017)


The Prenatal Education Key Messages resource is a central source of evidence-based information that can be used for routine universal prenatal education by a range of prenatal education providers. This webinar focuses on using the Mental Health Key Messages in a prenatal class setting to promote the use of consistent, evidence-based messages. This webinar took place on March 2, 2017.

Objectives for this webinar included:

  • To review current knowledge about Perinatal Mental Health.
  • To review the Mental Health Prenatal Education Key Messages.
  • To provide insight into how to introduce and teach about the various mental health key messages in a prenatal class setting, and how to best reach those who may need help the most.

Speaker: Leslie Born, MSc, PhD, RP
Leslie is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is a part-time faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at McMaster University, and works as a Mental Health Counsellor for the Hamilton Family Health Team. Leslie has more than 15 years of clinical, research and teaching experience in perinatal mental health, and was an expert reviewer for the Mental Health Prenatal Education Key Messages. She has also contributed to several other Best Start projects including: Creating Circles of Support for Expectant and New Mothers, Supporting Parents When Parents Experience Mental Health Challenges, and the new Managing Depression Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living with Depression during Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond.