King Edward Memorial Hospital
Childbirth and Mental Illness Services (CAMI)
Information for Consumers - What is severe mental illness (SMI)?
SMI are a category of mental illnesses that include:
- chronic psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia
- severe mood disorders such as bipolar affective disorder
- past history of postpartum psychosis
Women with SMI have unique needs. These may include a/an:
- increased risk of psychiatric relapse during pregnancy and after the birth of the baby
- need for specialist monitoring of prescribed medications during pregnancy
- greater risk of pregnancy and birth complications
- increased need for support around parenting
The Childbirth and Mental Illness (CAMI) Team aims to provide personalised, integrated care that supports you and your family throughout the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.