At a time where cuts are being made across services we want to emphasise the importance of investing in breastfeeding as enabling more mothers to breastfeed without diffi-culty may both improve breastfeeding rates and lower rates of postnatal depression
, which translates into saving money long-term for the NHS.
A meta-analysis reported postnatal depression
in about 10 per cent of fathers after birth (Paulson and Bazemore, 2010).
In addition, low levels of social support, particularly partner support and availability of people to depend on during the pregnancy and early postpartum, and a woman's relationship with her own parents were found to be significant factors for both antenatal and postnatal depression
is a recognised and treatable condition, which affects approximately one in five mothers and one in 10 fathers.
was assessed using a simple early postnatal depression
tool described by Whooley et al.
Understanding the value of getting help, Natasha is backing a bid to secure funding for Merseyside's only service that is specifically for women with postnatal depression
While one personal account cannot cover the whole range of individual symptoms and experiences, a brief but thorough final chapter with information about types of postnatal depression
and treatment options, along with contacts, references and further reading options provides a very useful addition to this valuable book.
The studies "add to the growing evidence that postnatal depression
can be effectively treated and possibly prevented," Dr.
in mothers affects the quality of maternal care and can lead to disturbances in children's social, behavioural, cognitive and physical development.
Medical researchers think regular pram pushing could combat the worst symptoms of postnatal depression
, which affects more than one in ten women.
Maternal depression was found in 23% of the 218 women surveyed by telephone with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression
Scale (EPDS of 10 or above) in San Mateo County, Calif.
and sexual health after childbirth, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2003, 102(6): 1318-1325.