Journal article

Comparison of public mother-baby psychiatric units in Australia: similarities, strengths and recommendations

M Galbally, A Sved-Williams, D Kristianopulos, K Mercuri, P Brown, A Buist

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Mother-baby units are innovative and important models of care that allow inpatient treatment of postpartum maternal mental disorders whilst preserving and promoting the attachment relationship with their young infants. OBJECTIVES: To report data across five public mother-baby units in Australia in order to explore similarities and distinguishing features of each model. METHOD: Each unit also provided 12 months of data on key characteristics of their unit. RESULTS: Despite the geographic differences, the diagnostic profiling, length of stay, and child protection involvement were similar across the units. CONCLUSIONS: Acute care for perinatal mental illness offered in public mother..

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