New publication about perinatal mental health referral decisions among midwives and health visitors

We are pleased to report that Dr Jo Johnson’s research has recently been published in the Journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Jo’s research examined factors that influence how midwives and health visitors make decisions about referring women for secondary mental healthcare during the perinatal period.  She found that midwives and health visitors felt that having a trusted relationship with each woman was the most important factor for women feeling able to disclose concerns about their mental health, and that this is helped by healthcare professionals having home visits with women.  She was able to make some recommendations for the way that maternity services are delivered that may help women with mental ill-health during pregnancy and the postpartum to be identified earlier and referred for specialist care.

Well done Jo, and thanks to all the midwives and health visitors who took part in this research and shared their experiences.