Bobbie Posmontier, CNM, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of nursing at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Newtown, PA.
The Role of Midwives in Facilitating Recovery in Postpartum Psychosis
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
2010 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 55, Issue 5, pages 430–437, September-October 2010
How to Cite
Posmontier, B. (2010), The Role of Midwives in Facilitating Recovery in Postpartum Psychosis. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 55: 430–437. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2010.02.011
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
- postpartum psychosis;
Postpartum psychosis, an emergency psychiatric condition affecting one to two women per 1000 after childbirth, can result in a significant increased risk for suicide and infanticide. Symptoms of postpartum psychosis, such as mood lability, delusional beliefs, hallucinations, and disorganized thinking, can be frightening for the women who are affected and for families and obstetric care providers of those women. Women experiencing postpartum psychosis are often thrust into a mental health system that does not capitalize on the close relational bond that forms between midwives and the women they care for over the course of prenatal care. The purpose of this article is to propose using the Recovery Advisory Group Model of mental illness as a theoretical framework for care of women with postpartum psychosis, to assist midwives in recognizing symptoms, define the role of the midwife in treatment, and learn the importance of becoming part of the psychiatric mental health care team in order to facilitate optimum recovery for women with postpartum psychosis.