Obituaries

Diana Margaret Riley (née Dean)

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39295.629850.BE (Published 09 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:308
  1. Teresa Riley

    Innovator in perinatal mental health

    Diana Riley, who died on 1 April 2007 of ovarian cancer, was an innovative consultant psychiatrist, and a key figure in obstetric liaison psychiatry and perinatal mental health, both at University College Hospital and across Buckinghamshire. She researched and published widely in the field over a period of 36 years, including works for health professionals and lay readers on postnatal depression and the management of drug addiction in pregnancy.

    Perinatal Mental Health: A Source Book for Health Professionals (1995) has been widely recognised as a readable and complete text, of which the late Dr Channi Kumar wrote: “I am often asked to recommend books. Dr Riley has solved my problem.”

    Diana instituted one of the first mother and baby mental health units in the country, at St John's Hospital, Stone (and later at Tindal Hospital, Aylesbury, and Wycombe General Hospital) to care for mothers with postnatal depression without separating them from their babies—a revolutionary idea at the time. Diana was also a founder member of the Marcé Society—an international society for understanding, preventing, and treating mental illness relating to childbearing—and served as its treasurer from 1992 …

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