‘Midwives and primary care nurses encounter many organisational and practitioner related barriers that negatively impact on their ability to incorporate mental health care into their practice.’
This was the conclusion of a study which explored barriers to midwives and nurses addressing mental health issues with women during the perinatal period.
A total of 809 midwives and nurses completed an anonymous, online or hard copy survey which listed 26 potential barriers to the provision of perinatal mental health care.
Results of the survey identified organisational factors as presenting the greatest barriers including lack of perinatal mental health services, absence of care pathways, heavy workload, lack of time, lack of privacy and not seeing women regularly enough to build a relationship.
Barriers to midwives and nurses addressing mental health issues with women during the perinatal period: The Mind Mothers study by Higgins A, Downes C, Monahan M et al appears in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 27, no 9-10, May 2018, pp 1872-1883. Links to the abstract and further details of the study can be found here.
P198 Perinatal mental health | Abstracts (143) £9.95
Search pack P198 encompasses the treatment and experiences of childbearing women and their partners experiencing mental health problems during the perinatal period. Includes service provision and interventions, rates of mental illness and levels of provision, and the impact on the infant. The pack does not include postnatal depression (PN16, PN115, PN116), antenatal depression (P132) or women with specific diagnosed mental health disorders (MS54).
MIDIRS offers literature search packs on a wide range of maternity care topics. Each pack contains multiple article references, helping to support you further in your midwifery training and development.