Best practice recommendations for the integration of trauma-informed approaches in maternal mental health care within the context of perinatal trauma and loss: A systematic review of current guidance

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Abstract

Purpose: The National Health Service (NHS) in England plans to increase accessibility to evidence-based, trauma-informed psychological care for women in the perinatal period. Therefore, this systematic review aimed to 1) synthesise current guidance from clinical guidelines, policy documents, and care standards on trauma-informed approaches to care in maternal mental health settings within the context of pregnancy-related trauma and 2) to offer recommendations informing the implementation and evaluation of this type of care. Methods: Nine electronic databases were searched and screened. Data were extracted and analysed using narrative synthesis. Included records were quality-assessed. Results: After screening 1095 identified records, 11 records were included. The findings were synthesised into eight recommendations: 1) screening for trauma, 2) access to care, 3) clear and sensitive communication, 4) consistency and continuity of care, 5) offering individualised care whilst recognising diversity, 6) collaboration between women, families, and services, 7) care provider training to enhance skills and knowledge, and 8) supervision and peer support for care providers. Conclusions: The findings of this review are highly relevant given the current development, delivery, and evaluation of specific maternal mental health services, particularly in the United Kingdom, but also with the increase in perinatal mental health provision more globally.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103949
JournalMidwifery
Volume131
Early online date11 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2024

Keywords

  • maternal health
  • Mental health
  • midwifery
  • perinatal care
  • trauma-informed

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