The first publication on the list, from Letourneau and colleagues, is a thorough review of interventions for antenatal and postpartum depression, many of them leading to improvements in parenting and child development.  

Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD

The effect of perinatal depression treatment for mothers on parenting and child development: A systematic review.

Letourneau NL, Dennis CL, Cosic N, Linder J.  Depress Anxiety. 2017 Oct;34(10):928-966.

Thirty-six trials met criteria for review. Interventions include interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), peer support, maternal-child interaction guidance, and other interventions, such as massage. For antenatal depression, IPT, CBT, and massage produced large effects on parenting (e.g. adjustment and attention toward infant) and child development (e.g. behaviour). For postpartum depression, maternal-child interaction guidance and psychotherapeutic group support produced large effects on parenting (e.g. sense of competence) and child development (e.g. cortisol). However, meta-analysis revealed nonsignificant effects of IPT on maternal-child attachment and CBT on parenting stress.

Cognitive development in children of adolescent mothers: The impact of socioeconomic risk and maternal sensitivity.

Firk C, Konrad K, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Scharke W, Dahmen B.  Infant Behav Dev. 2018 Feb 12;50:238-246.

Children of adult mothers showed better cognitive performance at 21 months compared to children of adolescent mothers but not at 5 and 15 months. The effect of adolescent motherhood on cognitive development was mediated in a causal effect chain with socioeconomic risk negatively affecting maternal sensitivity and maternal sensitivity affecting children’s cognitive development.

The Origin of Spousal Resemblance for Alcohol Use Disorder.

Kendler KS, Lönn SL, Salvatore J, Sundquist J, Sundquist K.  JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Mar 1;75(3):280-286.

A married individual’s risk for alcohol use disorder is directly and causally affected by the presence of alcohol use disorder in his or her spouse.

A systematic review of the associations between maternal nutritional biomarkers and depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum.

Trujillo J, Vieira MC, Lepsch J, Rebelo F, Poston L, Pasupathy D, Kac G.  J Affect Disord. 2018 Feb 15;232:185-203.

The majority of high-quality studies suggest that lower vitamin D levels may be associated with postpartum depression.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following Stillbirth: Trauma Characteristics, Locus of Control, Posttraumatic Cognitions.

Chung MC, Reed J.  Psychiatr Q. 2017 Jun;88(2):307-321.

In a group of women who experienced a stillbirth, 60% met the diagnostic criteria for probable full-PTSD, and 28% met the criteria for partial PTSD.

Music interventions to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Corbijn van Willenswaard K, Lynn F, McNeill J, McQueen K, Dennis CL, Lobel M, Alderdice F.  BMC Psychiatry. 2017 Jul 27;17(1):271.  Free Article

There is evidence that music-based interventions may reduce anxiety in pregnancy; however, the methodological quality of the studies was moderate to weak.

Effect of prenatal mindfulness training on depressive symptom severity through 18-monthspostpartum: A latent profile analysis.

Felder JN, Roubinov D, Bush NR, Coleman-Phox K, Vieten C, Laraia B, Adler NE, Epel E.  J Clin Psychol. 2018 Feb 28.

Prenatal mindfulness training may have benefits for depressive symptoms during the transition to parenthood.  Women who received mindfulness training were significant less likely to report postpartum depressive symptoms as women who did not receive this intervention (OR=0.13).

Recognizing Maternal Depressive Symptoms: An Opportunity to Improve Outcomes in Early Intervention Programs.

Beeber LS, Meltzer-Brody S, Martinez M, Matsuda Y, Wheeler AC, Mandel M, LaForett D, Waldrop J.  Matern Child Health J. 2017 Apr;21(4):883-892.

Mothers with acute and chronic postpartum psychoses and impact on the mother-infant interaction.

Ramsauer B, Achtergarde S.  Schizophr Res. 2018 Feb 26.

An acute onset of psychosis during the postpartum period (de novo or relapse) was typically related to better mother-infant interactions. Mothers with schizophrenia have the highest risk of child displacement, and interventions by social services were more likely. However, mothers with postpartum schizophrenia did not exhibit more harm to the child or self-harm than mothers with postpartum depression.

Postnatal depression in a community-based study of women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

March WA, Whitrow MJ, Davies MJ, Fernandez RC, Moore VM.  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2018 Feb 20.

While women with PCOS may not have an increased risk of postpartum depression overall, those who had suffered a miscarriage or required medical assistance to conceive were at substantially elevated risk.

Vitex agnus castus for premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder: a systematic review.

Cerqueira RO, Frey BN, Leclerc E, Brietzke E.

Arch Womens Ment Health. 2017 Dec;20(6):713-719.

The treatment of premenstrual syndrome with preparations of Vitex agnus castus: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Verkaik S, Kamperman AM, van Westrhenen R, Schulte PFJ.

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Aug;217(2):150-166.

The relationship between progestin hormonal contraception and depression: a systematic review.

Worly BL, Gur TL, Schaffir J.  Contraception. 2018 Feb 20.

Despite perceptions in the community of increased depression following the initiation of progestin contraceptives, the preponderance of evidence does not support an association based on validated measures (mostly level II-1 evidence, moderate quality, low risk of bias).


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