Pregnancy in the severely mentally ill patient as an opportunity for global coordination of care

Rocio Acera Pozzi, Lynn M. Yee*, Kara Brown, Kara E. Driscoll, Priya V. Rajan

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Although obstetricians commonly care for pregnant patients with psychiatric disorders, little has been written about the implications of managing a pregnancy during a prolonged psychiatric hospitalization for severe mental illness. Multidisciplinary care may optimize obstetric and psychiatric outcomes. We describe a severely mentally ill patient at 27 weeks' gestation (G1P0) who was admitted after a suicide attempt. She exhibited intermittently worsening depression and anxiety throughout a 2-month inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, during which her psychiatric and obstetric providers collaborated regarding her care. We review recommendations for antepartum and intrapartum treatment of the acutely suicidal and severely mentally ill patient and, in particular, the evidence that a multidisciplinary coordinated approach to planning can maximize patient physical and mental health and facilitate preparedness for delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • depression
  • multidisciplinary approach
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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