Title

Supporting a Woman with Psychosis During Childbirth: A Case Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Originally Published In

International Journal of Childbirth Education

Volume Number

34

Issue Number

2

Abstract

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.

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