Mothers of preterm infants who feel stress about their role as a parent are at risk for postpartum depression (PPD), according to the results of a comprehensive questionnaire at discharge from the neonatal ICU. Perhaps not surprisingly, many (43%) of these mothers experience clinically significant levels of anxiety. The article outlines factors including infant outcomes that exacerbate the maternal depression.
RESULT: Identifying mothers of very preterm infants at-risk for postpartum depression and anxiety before discharge
Journal of Perinatology | Jun 7, 2012 (Free abstract. Full text $32)
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Up to 50% of men whose partners suffer from PPD also have depressive symptoms. A survey of fathers elicited that they want more information on PPD and practical tips on how to cope with their partner's PPD. The authors make suggestions on how best to support and treat both partners.
RESULT: Support intervention needs and preferences of fathers affected by postpartum depression.
The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing (PubMed) | Jan 1, 2012 (FREE FULL TEXT)