Think Pink! a Pink Sticker Alert System for Women with Psychological Distress or Vulnerability During Pregnancy

Olander, E. K., McKenzie-McHarg, K., Crockett, M. & Ayers, S. (2014). Think Pink! a Pink Sticker Alert System for Women with Psychological Distress or Vulnerability During Pregnancy. British Journal of Midwifery, 22(8), pp. 590-595. doi: 10.12968/bjom.2014.22.8.590

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Abstract

The importance of good clinical communication to women during pregnancy and birth is clear. Poor communication in labour is associated with general dissatisfaction, more complaints and a range of perinatal mental health problems including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and postnatal depression. To communicate effectively, maternity staff needs information about which women are vulnerable and require extra support. To address this, we implemented and evaluated a pink sticker communication system to alert midwifery and obstetric staff to potential psychological difficulties experienced by some women. Evaluation showed this system was viewed positively by women and midwifery staff. Audit of referrals to the perinatal psychology service during this period suggests no woman with a pink sticker developed birth trauma as a direct result of perceived poor care. In addition, the proportion of referrals to perinatal psychology for birth trauma significantly reduced during this period.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Child Health & Children's Nursing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/4247

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