Pregnancy experiences of Western Australian women attending a specialist childbirth and mental illness antenatal clinic
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Our purpose was to explore the pregnancy experiences of Australian women attending a specialized Childbirth and Mental Illness (CAMI) antenatal clinic. A qualitative exploratory design was selected to give voice to women with a severe mental illness receiving antenatal care. Telephone interviews with 41 women, 24 primiparous and 17 multiparous, were analysed using thematic analysis. Three themes emerged: ‘Building relationships’, ‘Acknowledged me as a person with special needs’ and ‘Respect and understanding without stigma’. Findings offer insight into care experiences possible within a multidisciplinary model developed to addresses psychiatric and obstetric needs of pregnant women with severe mental illness.
This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Health Care for Women International, 2013. Copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399332.2012.736577#.UpasnKOwq70">http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399332.2012.736577#.UpasnKOwq70</a>
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