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Conceptual and treatment approaches for a revitalised health service and renewed Person-Centered Perinatal Psychiatry

John Cox


A Body-Mind-Spirit paradigm is proposed as an overarching framework for re-energising healthcare provision and for maintaining its compassionate focus. It is suggested also that a relationship-based person-centred approach can assist the practitioner to provide more optimal healthcare – and promote perinatal mental health. Single discipline conceptual models from philosophy, anthropology, biology and psychology relevant to these fields are outlined and current examples from Perinatal Psychiatry highlighted to illustrate the benefits of an integrative approach.

 Thou it was who didst fashion me in my inward parts;Thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb.     Psalm 139, v13


Biopsychosocial, body-mind-spirit, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, national health service, paradigm, perinatal mental health, postnatal depression, spirituality and psychiatry

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