Not too long ago someone was asking if people thought contacting NCT would be a good idea. So i asked my NCT teacher if she had started covering PPP since learning about my episode 2 years ago
Neither my partner nor I had heard of PPP before I got it. Whilst it happens to only 1-2 in 1000 women who give birth, i think it is vital that NCT at least mention it and point out the symptoms to be aware of even if it is scary for expectant parents. I told my NCT teacher I would like to push this at NCT country level and asked for her advice on how to best go about and whom to contact.
She didn't know whom to contact unfortunately. She replied that she teaches about PND as a whole and in the past taught PP to groups and the feedback "has been that it has been terrifying to expectant parents" so she tried covering the topic "in other ways"(not sure what she meant by that!), but after hearing about my experience she has been conscious to mention it in classes. She agrees it is so important to make expectant parents aware of the symptoms but said "it's finding the balance".
I would really like to know if APP as an organisation has approached NCT at head office to discuss ways NCT teachers should go about including PPP and maybe influence the curriculum or provide any "teach the teacher" courses. A structured approach would be more beneficial than individuals just contacting NCT randomly I think.
If anyone as an individual has tried to engage with NCT please also let me know! I am thinking maybe of asking my psychiatrist who is Chair of the Perinatal Faculty of the Royal College Psychiatrists to see if they have communicated anything to NCT,as I believe they have formulated advice for GPs which could be used for NCT teachers as well maybe.