More than one in 10 new mothers is thought to experience significant postpartum depression. The condition has a substantial impact on the whole family, and while effective treatments are available, fewer than half of cases are detected in routine care.
Postpartum depression is typically diagnosed a month to a year after childbirth. Formal screening in the U.S. is often carried out using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, a 10-item, self-rated instrument. It can be quickly scored, and a woman who meets a threshold score can be assessed in more detail. This talk will discuss postpartum depression and the screening tool used for it as well as treatment and referral for mothers.
- Understand the difference between normal “baby blues,” peripartum depression, and postpartum psychosis.
- Gain knowledge about the impact of postpartum depression on children and families.
- Identify risk and protective factors for maternal depression.
- Become familiar with maternal depression screening tools.
- Learn referral procedures.
- Implement culturally-appropriate care for patients with postpartum depression.