Authors: Lorrie Bennett, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND.
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Pregnant Mums; Family-Friendly Services
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Acute Community Care is an integral component of Waitemata District Health Board's Maternal Mental Health Service. The team provides assessment treatment and follow up for women who are pregnant and up to one year postnatal who reside in the north and west districts of Auckland New Zealand. Acute Community Care is the provision of intensive support, in the woman's home. A psychiatrically trained nurse or health assistant experienced in mother craft helps either to manage an acute episode of mental illness or to prevent the deterioration of the women's mental state into severe illness. Studies have suggested that mothers exposed to positive interactions with another adult, in the course of a day were less likely to act negatively towards their children. The presence of another healthy adult, early in a baby's life, has the potential of being a protective factor for a baby’s healthy development. This presentation aims to provide information on: Rationale for considering acute community care as a treatment option. ·Identifying the goals of this intervention. ·Risk factors to consider. Developing an acute community care management plan. Through coaching, providing emotional support in the home and assisting the woman to gain understanding of the needs of the baby, the mother-baby bonding/ attachment process is facilitated.