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This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. It takes a comprehensive look at the issues surrounding mental illness and pregnancy. Describing common disorders and their relationship with pregnancy, it promotes an understanding of the issues involved and offers tools to providing the most effective woman-centred maternity care. All health professionals concerned with the wellbeing of the pregnant woman will find invaluable help and guidance in this book. Given the identification of mental health problems as a leading cause of maternal death (CEMD 2001), this is an essential guide to the effects of pregnancy and childbirth on women and families coping with mental illness.
2 Understanding mental health: theoretical approaches
3 Promoting mental well-being
4 The development and organisation of contemporary mental health services
5 Common mental health disorders
6 Serious mental illness and the midwife
7 Body image: change, dissatisfaction and disturbance
8 Substance misuse and mental health
9 Domestic abuse, violence and mental health
10 Suicide and self-harm
11 Who cares for the carer? Support for the midwife
12 Mental health, mental illness and pregnancy
Appendix Useful websites