Comparison of public mother-baby psychiatric units in Australia: similarities, strengths and recommendations

M. Galbally, A. Sved-Williams, D. Kristianopulos, K. Mercuri, P. Brown, A. Buist

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Background: Mother-baby units are innovative and important models of care that allow inpatient treatment of postpartum maternal mental disorders whilst preserving and promoting the attachment relationship with their young infants. Objectives: To report data across five public mother-baby units in Australia in order to explore similarities and distinguishing features of each model. Method: Each unit also provided 12 months of data on key characteristics of their unit. Results: Despite the geographic differences, the diagnostic profiling, length of stay, and child protection involvement were similar across the units. Conclusions: Acute care for perinatal mental illness offered in public mother-baby units in Australia shows consistency across units, raising concerns for where such treatment is unavailable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-116
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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