The Tameside and Glossop Early Attachment Service: Meeting the emotional needs of parents and their babies

Parent-infant emotional health is probably one of the most complex arenas in which mental health, maternity and health visiting services operate. This critical period can be highly emotionally charged, not only for the infant but also be for the parent. While most parents essentially get it right, severe ruptures in the parent-infant relationship can occur, and can have serious consequences. This paper describes a comprehensive and cost-effective parent infant mental health service based on a psychodynamic model. The service aims to meet the needs of all parents from those with a high level of need through to a universal provision. Strategic and theoretical underpinnings of the service model are described.

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    • Adele E Baldwin
      Adele E Baldwin
    • Clare Harvey
      Clare Harvey
    • Eileen M Willis
      Eileen M Willis
    • Tanya Capper
      Tanya Capper
    Background: High-risk pregnancy, or one with escalating complexities, requires the inclusion of numerous health professions in care provision. A strategy of midwife navigators to facilitate the smooth transition across models of care and service providers has now been in place in Queensland, Australia, for over twelve months, and a formal review process will soon begin. Navigators are experienced nurses or midwives who have the expertise and authority to support childbearing women with chronic or complex problems through the health system so that it is co-ordinated and they can transition to self-care. This includes ensuring a logical sequence in tests and procedures, providing education, or facilitating access to specialist care. The navigator evaluation included a review of existing models of care that support women with chronic and complex needs during their pregnancy. This paper describes the integrative literature review that explored the transitioning of care models. Methods: The review followed formal Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses guidelines, utilised the Critical Appraisal Skills Program tools and analysed a final 33 papers, published from 2000 onwards in professional, peer-reviewed journals and databases. Results/conclusions: Four key themes of communication, context, visibility and frames were identified, discussed in depth, and considered in the current body of knowledge. The outcomes refer clearly to 'property rights' or turf protected by invisible fences and gatekeeping by midwives and other health professionals. This review may inform development of future frameworks and practice review to better address the needs of pregnant women.
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