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Admitting Mentally Ill Mothers with their Babies into Psychiatric Hospitals

  • R. Kumar (a1), E. S. Meltzer (a2), Rosalind Hepplewhite (a3) and A. D. Stevenson (a4)
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The clinical management of a mother who has a severe puerperal mental disorder is complicated by the fact that her baby is not ill and does not need to be in hospital—especially a psychiatric one. On the other hand, separating babies from their mothers can have adverse effects upon their relationship and upon the psychological development of the infant, although much depends upon the timing, nature and duration of the separation as well as on the quality and stability of the family background.

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Admitting Mentally Ill Mothers with their Babies into Psychiatric Hospitals

  • R. Kumar (a1), E. S. Meltzer (a2), Rosalind Hepplewhite (a3) and A. D. Stevenson (a4)
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