Access to Perinatal Mental Health Care
This research project aimed to explore and understand the unmet health needs of women with mental health problems in the Ottawa region. The study was conducted as a collaboration between the Midwifery Group of Ottawa and the Ottawa Birth and Wellness center. We used semi-structured focus groups and individual interviews to explore the perspectives of pregnant women and perinatal healthcare providers regarding women’s unmet mental health needs during the perinatal period. We also conducted an environmental scan of existing perinatal mental health services in the Ottawa region, reviewed the literature on models of perinatal mental health services, and engaged with stakeholders to develop strategies to improve access to mental health services for pregnant women in the Ottawa region.
- Viveiros CJ, Darling EK. Perceptions of barriers to accessing perinatal mental health care in midwifery: A scoping review. Midwifery 2019; 70:106-118 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.11.011
- Viveiros CJ, Darling EK. Barriers and facilitators of accessing perinatal mental health services: The perspectives of women receiving continuity of care midwifery. Midwifery 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.06.018