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McGowan, Iain, Sinclair, Marlene and Owens, Mark (2007) Maternal suicide: rates and trends. RCM Midwives, 10 (4). pp. 167-169. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Pregnancy and childbirth are traditionally recognised as life events that are to be cherished and celebrated. However, recent media coverage and official reports of deaths by suicide, including the last report of the Confidential Enquiry on Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) (2004) have raised public and health professionals’ awareness of the potential dangers of mental health problems to mothers during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth. Suicidality has been reported as a common symptom in postpartum psychosis (PPP) (Burt and Stein, 2002). Click here for a virtual copy of Midwives Search our SiteSearch our site E-zineThe latest midwifery news and events sent straight to your inboxSubscribe here...Midwifery resourcesMy RCM Membership Events Library & archive Midwifery research Useful links Bookshop RCM Alliance ADVERTISEMENT Jobs & careersThe latest jobs in midwiferyMore jobs... CommunitySee who's talking about what & join the discussionJoin in here.... Maternal suicide: rates and trends Lecturer in nursing Iain McGowan, professor of midwifery research Marlene Sinclair and staff nurse Mark Owens provide a descriptive study of maternal suicide in the UK. Download the PDFPrint this page Midwives magazine: April 2007 Pregnancy and childbirth are traditionally recognised as life events that are to be cherished and celebrated. However, recent media coverage and official reports of deaths by suicide, including the last report of the Confidential Enquiry on Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) (2004) have raised public and health professionals’ awareness of the potential dangers of mental health problems to mothers during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth. Suicidality has been reported as a common symptom in postpartum psychosis (PPP) (Burt and Stein, 2002). While PPP is a rare event following birth, other more common mental health issues associated with childbirth are correlated positively with suicide. This has led to the US Congress introducing a ‘House Resolution’ (H.Res 51) encouraging the US National Institutes of Health to investigate the mental health issues associated with postpartum mental health problems (Lindahl et al, 2005). Surprisingly, there is a paucity of literature investigating the prevalence of suicide during pregnancy and the year after giving birth. Lindahl et al (2005), in a systematic review of prevalence studies of maternal suicide, identified only nine studies globally that have attempted to identify the scope of the problem of maternal suicide.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:maternal suicide,rates, trends
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
ID Code:3974
Deposited By:Professor Marlene Sinclair
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 14:55
Last Modified:23 Jun 2011 11:57

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