A pilot study on identification of perinatal depressive symptoms in mother-child health clinics: Community nurses can make a difference

Saralee Glasser, Dorit Appel, Hannah Meiraz, Giora Kaplan


Postpartum depression is a common and troubling phenomenon calling for identification, diagnosis and treatment.  Community health nurses caring for pregnant and postpartum women can contribute to this process. The aim of this study was to evaluate a pilot program for identification of women suffering from, or at risk for postpartum depression. Screening was done with the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale, and nurses provided supportive intervention where indicated.  Analysis of a sub-group indicated that nurses’ intervention during pregnancy may contribute to lower rates of depressive symptoms postpartum. Screening and supportive intervention was feasible and acceptable to mothers and nurses. The Israel Ministry of Health has recommended expanding this program to all Mother-Child-Health clinics.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v3n11p1

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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