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Peer Support for Mothers with Postnatal Depression

CUST, Fiona (2015) Peer Support for Mothers with Postnatal Depression. In: ATINER'S Conference Paper Series PUH2015. Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens. ISBN 2241-2891

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As the number of mothers suffering from postnatal depression (PND) continues to rise at an alarming rate it was decided to explore methods of trying
to support new mothers diagnosed as "at risk" of PND. Recent NICE guidelines (2015) have highlighted the need for the utilisation of psychosocial support –
as opposed to the, often first hand, use of antidepressant medication.
One of the main reasons for PND has been a distinct lack of social interaction and isolation (Dennis 2009). Could, therefore, disclosing to a fellow mother – who has previously shared a similar journey – may help to assist in the recovery from this debilitating illness?
A small number of peer support workers (PSW’s) 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 (EPDS). The PSW’s 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 EPDS scores, log book entries and one to one interviews. These were transcribed, coded and catergorised. Results collated display that the PSW’s did indeed have a positive effect upon the mother’s mental health, outlook and indeed, their
relationship with their baby.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Nursing
Depositing User: Fiona CUST
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 09:57
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 03:48

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