India is a multicultural, multiethnic, pluralistic society with enormous socioeconomic disparities, and it is a formidable task to provide affordable and effective mental health care, especially to the remote rural corners of the country. The unfortunate aspect of the Indian mental health scenario is that there exists very poor awareness of the maternal health risks of the postpartum period. It is during this period that serious psychological disturbances can manifest and seriously jeopardize safe and normal motherhood. Currently, there is neither a national agenda for mental health care among pregnant and postnatal women nor a viable training program to equip health workers to recognize and manage postpartum psychological disorders. This article attempts to provide a viable module for training future health providers to gain an understanding of the illness pattern that constitutes postpartum disorders through experiential learning and problem solving.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)