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.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||4 Mar 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2021|