Postpartum depression: How nurses can help

Postpartum depression: How nurses can help

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is the moderate to severe depression experienced by some women after deliver. It may occur any time during the first year after delivery. In most cases, it occurs within the three months after delivery. The inconsistencies in their moods will disrupt the bonding process between mother and child, and  child who is insecurely attached to his mother is at risk for multiple developmental difficulties and delays. As such, for the sake of both mother and child, it is important to detect this condition in mothers, and nurses play an important role here.
8 Feb 2017 - General
I personally can relate to post-partum depression, especially since my baby got readmitted to the hospital three days after being discharged due to an infection. Post-pregnancy is really a very stressful time for the mother, since she has to tend to the needs of her new baby while trying to heal and recover from childbirth. Nurses can offer great support especially after the birth by providing helpful tips, checking to see if the mom is doing alright (not just physically but emotionally as well)...
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