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Peer support for mothers with postnatal depression: A pilot study

CUST, Fiona (2016) Peer support for mothers with postnatal depression: A pilot study. Community Practitioner, 89 (1). pp. 38-41. ISSN 1462-2815

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As the number of mothers suffering from postnatal depression (PND) continues to rise: a pilot study was developed to explore methods of trying to support new mothers diagnosed as at riskof PND. A lack of social interaction and isolation has been highlighted as a potential factor within postnatal depression. Could, therefore, disclosing to a fellow mother help to assist in the recovery from this debilitating illness? A small number of peer support workers (PSW) were recruited to offer one-to-one home visits within the postnatal period to a mother considered to be at elevated risk of PND -- as diagnosed by the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. The PSWs visited the mother within their own homes from week six postnatally for a period of six weeks. Results were recorded both quantitatively and qualitatively by the recording of the ERDS scores, log bock entries and one-to-one interviews. Results suggest that the PSWs may have a positive effect upon the mothers mental health, outlook and indeed, their relationship with their baby.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Nursing
Depositing User: Fiona CUST
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 09:26
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:47

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