Psychiatric Emergencies in Pregnancy and Postpartum

Lisette Rodriguez-Cabezas*, Crystal Clark

*Corresponding author for this work

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The perinatal period is a vulnerable time for the acute onset and recurrence of psychiatric illness. Primary care providers are opportunely positioned to intervene for women who present with mood decompensation, excessive anxiety, or psychosis during the perinatal period. Owing to increased screening efforts in obstetrical clinics and amount of contact during the perinatal period, obstetricians may be able to identify patients who need treatment before their symptoms become severe. In this article, we address imminent and emergent psychiatric symptoms in the perinatal period including management and risk reduction to help obstetrician/gynecologists treat and/or refer patients as clinically appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-627
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • depression
  • emergencies
  • postpartum
  • pregnancy
  • psychiatric
  • suicidality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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