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Shona's an inspiration to patients.

AS A specialist midwife for perinatal mental health, Shona McCann supports women with mental health issues during pregnancy.

And she has had such a positive impact in the role, she even inspired one of her patients to follow in her footsteps by helping others.

As well as her job at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Shona is also the maternity lead for the Scottish Government's Managed Clinical Network - the first MCN in Scotland dealing with mental health.

The Scottish Government centrally funds the perinatal MCN to allow the Network to recruit specialists in nursing, maternity and infant mental health as well as the overall clinical lead with the long-term aim that all women, their infants and families will have equity of access to perinatal mental health provision at the appropriate level in all NHS Boards across Scotland.

Shona - who won the Care for Mental Health Award - said: "One in five women are affected by mental health issues in pregnancy.

"A lot of women will not disclose this because they're scared their baby will be taken off them - but that's not the case.

"That's what I'm here for - to provide support and early intervention and hopefully make the woman well by the time she has her baby. I was the first specialist midwife for perinatal mental health in Scotland.

"I'm also the maternity lead for the Managed Clinical Network in perinatal mental health, which means I look at the mental health needs of women across the whole country and all forms of service delivery."

Shona was nominated by two of her patients, who described her work as "inspirational". They highlighted how the support they received during pregnancy meant they felt stronger and more able to cope with their mental health problems.

One of those patients, who accompanied Shona to last week's awards ceremony, is now using her own experiences to help other women.

Shona added: "She became a maternal mental health change agent to try to help other women in her position across the country.

"I'm totally shocked to win the award and I'm so delighted and honoured because I was nominated by my patients."

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Date:Nov 8, 2018
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