While many women are at risk for postpartum depression, we continue to struggle in providing adequate support and care to women in this setting, especially socioeconomically disadvantaged women.
In a randomized clinical trial including 230 Head Start mothers, those receiving problem-solving education (PSE) were 60% less likely to develop postpartum depression than those receiving standard care. One of the most exciting aspects of these findings is the simplicity of this intervention; problem-solving sessions lasting 30 to 60 minutes were conducted as home visits or in Head Start centers for 6 to 8 weeks by nonlicensed, community care–based providers.
Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD
Novel Approach Prevents Depression in High-Risk Mothers (Medscape – free subscription)
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