Adverse obstetric and neonatal outcomes in women with severe mental illness: To what extent can they be prevented?
Fiona Judd, Angela Komiti, Penny Sheehan, Louise Newman, David Castle, Ian Everall
Schizophrenia Research | ELSEVIER | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: Women with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are at a higher risk of obstetric and neonatal complications. The aim of this study was to better understand the factors that may influence these adverse outcomes. METHOD: We examined obstetric and neonatal outcomes of pregnant women with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and factors possibly influencing these outcomes. A retrospective review of the medical history of 112 women with a DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder was undertaken. Data for controls were extracted from the hospital's electronic birth record data. RESULTS: Women with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder presented later for their first antenatal vis..View full abstract
The authors are grateful to Drs. L. Laios, O Wong, D. Handrinos, K. Mercuri and T. Nguyen who provided clinical care to the women in the study and to Ms L. Rigg who provided data extracts from the GE system. The Centre for Women's Mental Health is supported by the Pratt Foundation.