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Information for Consumers - What is severe mental illness (SMI)?

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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.

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