Supporting a Woman with Psychosis During Childbirth: A Case Study
Originally Published In
International Journal of Childbirth Education
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness. When women with schizophrenia become pregnant, they are at greater risk for low birth weights, pre-eclampsia, thromboembolisms, preterm births, small for gestational age, and large for gestational age. The use of antipsychotic medications is paramount for maintaining functional capacity. Anti-psychotic medications all cross the placenta barrier. Supporting a woman who has a thought disorder produces complex challenges. A case study is provided describing the role of a clinical nurse specialist during the birthing process and post-partum.