Comprehensive pregnancy care for women with severe mental illnesses

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Comprehensive care for pregnant women with severe mental illnesses (SMI) is important: they have complex health issues and poor outcomes. This thesis presents retrospective analyses of 10 years of antenatal data on women with SMI and a prospective mixed-methods study on lifestyle and nutrition. Elevated rates of comorbidity, pregnancy complications, neonatal resuscitation, special care nursery admissions, maternal metabolic risk including gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders, and obesity were found. While mental health remains a priority, their physical health needs are not insignificant. A multidisciplinary approach targeting specific health areas has the potential to improve outcomes for these women and their infants.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Morgan, Vera, Supervisor
  • Nguyen, Thinh, Supervisor
  • Liira, Helena, Supervisor
  • Hauck, Yvonne, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date4 Mar 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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