Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondWelcome to the fourth and the final week of the Women's Health After Motherhood course. From the very beginning, I've highlighted that this course is all about you, women. And in the words of the women in the Mammi Study, it's what I wish I'd known. This week focuses on you, your relationships, your social supports, your relationship with your partner, your sexual health. So it's very much for your partner, too. We're going to look at why it's so important to make time for yourself, maintain social relationships and friendships after motherhood.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 secondsWe've also included some great resources for partners as new parents, to support them as they enter their new role, and to help them develop the tools and strategies they'll need as a new parent. Help them to help understand some of the challenges and pressures of motherhood. We're also including information on intimate partner violence or domestic violence, because tragically, it's common. And it affects as many as one in four to five women. We'll talk about what intimate partner violence means. It can be physical, sexual, emotional. It can also involve mental and emotional manipulation, controlling coercive behaviours. My colleague and researcher Deirdre O'Malley is going to talk to you about what women told us about their intimate and sexual relationships.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsShe'll share some questions some of the women had about returning to sexual intimacy. She'll look at some of the strategies women used to manage the changes or the challenges they faced in intimate relationships. And finally, she'll show you how you can speak with your health care professional about these intimate issues or any problems you might be experiencing with your sexual health issues. Before we start, can I ask you one last time, take a few minutes to think about the stories you may have heard from others, maybe friends or through media, about sexual health and relationships after childbirth. How do you know what is and isn't based on research or evidence? We really hope you enjoy this final session.

Skip to 2 minutes and 11 secondsOn behalf of everyone that worked on this course, we really hope that you not just enjoyed it, but also that you feel you've learned a lot about women's health after motherhood. The women from Ireland, the women from Spain who worked with us on this course told us what they wished they'd known. Because of their work, we hope you can now say, oh, these are the things that might happen afterwards. Now I know what is and is not normal, and most importantly, I know what I can do about it. If I can leave you with one last message, it's this. Make time for yourself. Check in with yourself every so often. Ask yourself, how am I really?

Skip to 2 minutes and 55 secondsRemember, if you are healthy, well, and happy, the chances are your baby, your family will be healthy, well, and happy, too.

Welcome to week 4

Welcome back to week 4 of our course on Women’s Health After Motherhood. We have arrived at the final week of the course, and we are going to focus on you and your relationships, your social supports, and your sexual health.

We are going to give you tips on how to:

  • Prioritise time for you and your social life
  • Start conversations with your partner and how to support each other
  • Return to sexual intimacy and manage the changes or challenges to your intimate relationships

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