Miss Gabrielle Bambridge


Miss Gabrielle Bambridge is a Consultant Obstetrician with special interests in high risk pregnancies and cares for women with complex social factors, women with mental health issues and also women with diabetes. She believes that all healthcare professionals have an important role in the care of women with mental health, but feels the is a lack of knowledge, particularly in Obstetrics,  as to what to do with information woman divulge at antenatal appointments.  This led her to co-author the recent TOG Article “Perinatal Mental Health: How to ask and how to help”. 

Professor Julie Jomeen


Julie Jomeen is Professor of Midwifery, and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, UK. She currently leads a Research Development Group for Maternal, Reproductive Health within the Faculty. A key focus of her work is exploring issues of perinatal mental health and psychological health in childbearing women. A programme of research whichhas led to strong collaborations in relation to national and international research, service development work and practitioner training initiatives. Other research interests include women’s choice and decision-making and practitioner decision making.She has also been involved in national and international curriculum development in midwifery. Julie is an Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University in Australia and Memorial University Newfoundland. She is an associate editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth and Women and Birth and the Chair of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 

Dr Emma Kearney


Dr Emma Kearney is a GP at Ennis Family Medical Centre. Her special interests include women's and child health and she also holds a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Psychiatry. She was involved in the Babybox University parental education package with University Maternity Hospital, Limerick in 2016 and has spoken at public events on the topic of perinatal mental health.

Dr Liz McDonald


Dr Liz McDonald is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist. She is a native of Castleconnell and a graduate of UCC. She trained in the Royal Free Hospital, Maudsley and Institute of Psychiatry. She developed and worked in perinatal mental health services in east London. She was a member of the guideline development group for the NICE APMH Guidelines (2007, 2014). She was vice-Chair, then Chair of the Perinatal Faculty at the RCPsych (2008-2016), and chair of the pan-London Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network (2013-2017). She is a reviewer for the confidential enquiries into maternal deaths due to psychiatric causes and was on the IAG for MBRRACE (-2017). She is currently Clinical Lead at the RCPsych for training perinatal psychiatrists. She is actively engaged in training and education across the disciplines in PMH through work for NHSE and the Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust.  

Dr Mas Mahady Mohamad


Mas Mahady Mohamad MRCPI MRCPsych is a consultant psychiatrist with the HSE Mid-West and he co-chairs the Perinatal Mental Health Committee of University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL). A graduate of University College Cork, his research interests include perinatal psychiatry and palliative care psychiatry/psycho-oncology. He is involved in regional perinatal mental health service development and actively promotes perinatal mental health awareness through lectures and online videos.

Professor Veronica O'Keane


Brief Biography: VO’K is a professor in Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD), and a consultant psychiatrist in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. She led a national Perinatal Psychiatry service in the Bethlem&Maudsley Hospital Trust, London from 2002-2007.She has written a book on perinatal depression and has over 100 peer reviewed publication in the field of depression, hormones and psychiatric dosorders and perinatal psychiatry. She runs a research programmeREDEEM (Research in Depression, Endocrinology,Epigenetics and neuroiMaging) in the Trinity College of Neurosciences. The core theme of this programmeis how developmental adversity modifies brain and stress systems. 

Dr Elizabeth Shaw
MB BCh MA (Hons) Oxon MRCPsych 


Liz Shaw is an ST5 dual training in general adult and old age Psychiatry. Currently working for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust she is based at Mossley Hill Hospital in Liverpool. Her interests lie in Perinatal Psychiatry as well as the stigma of mental health and medical leadership and management. Prior to training as a Psychiatrist Liz worked as a Medical Officer within the Royal Navy for 8 years based both in the UK and overseas. Current research interests include autistic spectrum disorder in adults and how language and terminology affect
                                                          outcomes for pateints presenting with symptoms of Psychosis.

Dr John D. Sheehan

MB, BCh, BAO, DObs, DCH, MMedSc, MRCPsych, MCPsychI, FRCPI.


Since 1995, Professor Sheehan has worked as a part-time Consultant in Perinatal Psychiatry at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin and as a Consultant in Liaison (General Hospital) Psychiatry at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin.  He runs two out-patient clinics in the Rotunda each week and conducts ward consultations on both the Obstetric and Gynaecological wards.  He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCD School of Medicine.  

Helen Ryan

Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing Specialist


Helen Ryan is the Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing Specialist with ABC Start Right Limerick, a prevention and early intervention initiative that works in partnership with families, local services and agencies in the City Centre and Northside. Her work with ABC focuses on improving child outcomes by building the capacity of parents, Early Years practitioners, community and clinical partners around infant mental health and early interactions.
Helen’s background is in child protection and welfare, having worked in the UK as a Child Protection Social Worker and as a Social Worker in Crumlin Hospital’s Child Sexual Abuse Unit.  Her particular areas of expertise and experience include early intervention, a children’s rights-based approach to working with families, and child health and well-being (particularly with the under threes).  

Deirdre Madden


Deirdre is a seasoned Mental Health Nurse (RPN), with more than 16 years nursing experience. Deirdre worked in mother and baby units and nurse led teams abroad before returning to Ireland in 2008. Having worked exclusively in the area of Perinatal Mental Health in Ireland for almost a decade, her clinical experience and expertise in this area in the Irish context is unique. She developed the first Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Perinatal Mental Health in Ireland, having developed the role from RPN to Clinical Nurse Specialist to Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Deirdre was part of the national working group for service development in the area of perinatal mental health and she has undertaken and contributed to Irish research in the field of perinatal mental health. Deirdre’s MSc Thesis was accepted for publication in 2017.  

Alan Shortt
Managing Director & Founder,  Communications Consultant
Media Skills Ireland


Alan Shortt is “The StoryPro” offering Effective Communication Skills Training, Pitch & Presentation Skills Training and Media Training to Corporates, SME’s, and One-to-One Training sessions to individuals. Alan also acts as facilitator at corporate conferences, private functions and awards ceremonies, at home and abroad, and from his extensive experience he has learned that many Chief Executives and professionals still face the fear of speaking in public, and are unable “To Tell Their STORY.” “Facts and Figures are forgotten, a great STORY STICKS!”

Alan has been working in radio and television in Ireland for the last twenty five years, gaining a wide experience from both, in front and behind the camera. He works as a mentor/trainer, presenter, performer, writer, producer, and is currently a regular contributor on RTE Radio/TV, BBC Radio Ulster, and lectures in “Master The Media” in the Gaeity School of Acting. As a live performer Alan has a deep understanding on how to face the fear of Public Speaking and deliver a Story that sticks FOREVER!
“Great Leaders tell Stories…. What’s Your Story?”
Mobile 086 8394660  /  Email: alan@mediaskills.ie  /  Web: www.mediaskills.ie.  

Maria Bridgeman
Head of Service
Health & Wellbeing, Mid West Community Healthcare


Maria Bridgeman is the Head of Service for Health and Wellbeing in the Mid West Community Healthcare, having taken on this new role in mid 2016.  This is a new role in the Health Services and Maria is one of nine such postholders in the Health Services across the country

Previous to her current role Maria was a Senior Operations Manager with responsibility for community services across Limerick city & county and North Tipperary.  

Maria is an experienced health professional of more than 28 years experience in the Health Services.  She has held management positions for the last 15 years and prior to that she worked as a Registered General Nurse.  She has at different stages of her career worked in and / or managed operational services  within a range of Health and Personal Social Services (Primary Care/ Community Services and Social Care).  She is professionally qualified as a Senior Manager and  holds a Diploma in Health Services Management and is currently undertaking a Masters in Business Practice. 

Dr. Raja Gangopadhyay
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, UK


Dr. Raja Gangopadhyay is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, UK, with a special interest in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH). He is a passionate campaigner to provide comprehensive obstetric care for women with all kinds of Perinatal Mental Health illnesses during their pregnancy and after the childbirth.  In conjunction with his multidisciplinary team, Raja has been championing joint approaches to perinatal mental health that take into account infant mental health. Raja is a well-known Trainer in PMH and organises teaching, training and Conference for Obstetricians, Midwives, GP and other healthcare professionals.  He is a renowned speaker and has been invited to speak at many National and International events. He has been invited to House of Lords meeting as a member of the Expert panel and organised and chaired events at the House of Commons (UK Parliament).  He has been invited to many media interviews (Radio/ Television) and views/ opinions have been quoted in many leading UK newspapers.

Dr. Margo Wrigley
Clinical Lead - Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services Model of Care 
Formerly National Clinical Advisor Mental Health (2014-2017)


Margo Wrigley graduated from Trinity College Dublin , completed General Medical Training in the Federated Dublin Hospitals then basic training in Psychiatry in the St John of God's Scheme , also in Dublin. This was followed by higher training in Oxford which included Psychiatry of Old Age. On returning to Dublin in 1989 , she set up the first Old Age Psychiatry Service in Ireland . This formed the template for the country which now has also started complete coverage by this specialty service. 

From this she developed an interest in service management , design and implementation based on the essential features of clear clinical pathways , good clinical governance and evidence based practice underpinned by a focus at all times on the patient and well integrated , multi- disciplinary working . She has held the roles of Clinical Director for General and Old Age Psychiatry and more recently Executive Clinical Director for the Dublin North City Mental Health Service which covers all four recognised specialities in Mental Health. Whilst National Clinical Advisor , her role included identifying clinical  service gaps and designing service responses. The development of a Model of Care for Specialist Perinatal Mental Service  was prioritised by the Mental Health Division because of its recognition of the importance of good mental health during the perinatal period for mothers, their babies and families.

Irene Lowry

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