AJOG MFM at a Glance
- AWhy was this study conducted? Maternal mortality due to behavioral health issues remains a leading cause of death, with rates of substance use and mental illness on the rise. This review provides a granular assessment of maternal and obstetric characteristics of patients who died of suicide or overdose.
- BWhat are the key findings? Pregnant and postpartum individuals were not optimally treated for their substance use disorder or mental illness despite having multiple risk factors acknowledged in their medical records.
- CWhat does this study add to what is already known? Most individuals were identified as having risk factors for mental illness and substance use disorder through screening in the perinatal period. Initiatives focusing on supporting and coordinating multidisciplinary care and treatment once patients are identified should be prioritized.
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