Deirdre Gartland

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To investigate differences and similarities in birth outcomes, postpartum health and primary care contacts of mothers born overseas of non-English speaking background (NESB) compared with Australian-born mothers. Nulliparous women were recruited in early pregnancy (≤24 weeks gestation) to a prospective pregnancy cohort study from six metropolitan public(More)
BACKGROUND Much is known about severe maternal morbidity during pregnancy, but there has been little attention paid to the impact of pregnancy itself on women's general health and well-being. AIM To investigate women's general health and well-being in early pregnancy and examine the relationship between maternal age and women's physical and mental health.(More)
OBJECTIVE to investigate the relationship between maternal physical health problems and depressive symptoms in the first year after childbirth. DESIGN prospective pregnancy cohort study. SETTING Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. POPULATION 1507 nulliparous women. METHODS women were recruited from six public hospitals between six and 24 weeks(More)
Children exposed to maternal depression during pregnancy and in the postnatal period are at increased risk of a range of health, wellbeing and development problems. However, few studies have examined the course of maternal depressive symptoms in the perinatal period and beyond on children’s wellbeing. The present study aimed to explore the relationship(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine maternal depressive symptoms during and after pregnancy and explore their relationship with intimate partner violence in the 12 months after birth. DESIGN Prospective pregnancy cohort study of nulliparous women. SETTING Melbourne, Australia. POPULATION In all, 1507 eligible women completed baseline data (mean gestation 15 weeks).(More)
To assess intimate partner violence (IPV) in a longitudinal cohort study during and after pregnancy, and examine social and economic factors encouraging or inhibiting violence. Nulliparous women were recruited from 6 public hospitals in Melbourne, Australia. Self-administered questionnaires included standardised measures assessing fear of an intimate(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the prevalence of maternal depression from pregnancy to 4 years postpartum, and the risk factors for depressive symptoms at 4 years postpartum. DESIGN Prospective pregnancy cohort study of nulliparous women. SETTING Melbourne, Australia. SAMPLE In all, 1507 women completed baseline data in pregnancy (mean gestation 15 weeks). (More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the contribution of prolonged labour, method of birth, timing of caesarean section and other obstetric risk factors to postpartum urinary incontinence. DESIGN Prospective pregnancy cohort. SETTING Six metropolitan public hospitals in Victoria, Australia. SAMPLE A total of 1507 nulliparous women recruited to the maternal health(More)
BACKGROUND The concept of resilience has captured the imagination of researchers and policy makers over the past two decades. However, despite the ever growing body of resilience research, there is a paucity of relevant, comprehensive measurement tools. In this article, the development of a theoretically based, comprehensive multi-dimensional measure of(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the extent to which primary-care practitioners routinely inquire about postpartum urinary and faecal incontinence, and assess the proportion of women who disclose symptoms. DESIGN Prospective pregnancy cohort study of nulliparous women. SETTING Melbourne, Australia. SAMPLE A total of 1507 nulliparous women recruited in early(More)