Master of Science (MS)
Objective: To assess the prevalence of postpartum depression among mothers who attend first-year well-baby visits. Methods: A convenience sample of 33 women was screened during first year well-baby visits using the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) at three pediatric offices in Northern California. Measures included demographic data, history of depression, tobacco use, strength of support system, breast/bottle feeding, and child's health. EPDS scores were collected to calculate the prevalence of postpartum depression. Results: The EPDS was administered to 33 women at first year well-baby visits. Thirty-two were completed. Sixty-six percent of women had scores < 10 indicating no depression. Thirty-four percent reported scores of>=l 0 during the postpartum year indicating depression. Conclusion: Any follow-up related to postpartum issues is often referred to women's health, or maternity healthcare providers. This study provides another possible resource for new mothers. Screening for postpartum depression at well-baby visits using the EPDS was feasible and detected mothers with depression. Follow-up and treatment can then be addressed.
Mello, Suzanne, "Screening for Postpartum Depression at Well-Baby Visits" (2007). Master's Projects. 791.