Using action research to develop midwives’ skills to support women with perinatal mental health needs.

Authors: Brady V, Madden D, Sliney AM, O'Friel A, McMackin B, O'Callaghan B, Casey K, Courtney L, Fleming V.

Source: J Clin Nurs. 2017 May 30. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13908.

The aim of the research was to identify and develop midwives’ skills to support women with mental health needs during pregnancy, using an action research approach.

BACKGROUND:A review of perinatal mental health services in a large [insert here] maternity unit revealed a high number of referred women who ‘did not attend’ the perinatal mental health service with few guidelines in place to support midwives in identifying and referring women for specialist help.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE:Perinatal mental health is a significant public health issue and midwives need support to make psychosocial assessments and to negotiate access to specialist services where available and when required. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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