Prenatal efforts ineffective
The key to preventing postpartum depression may be individual support provided after birth by a health professional and tailored to a mothers needs, says a University of Toronto researcher.
"Health professionals want to identify pregnant women who may be at risk for postpartum depression in hopes of initiating preventive strategies," says U of T nursing professor Cindy-Lee Dennis. "But in my review of studies from around the world, I found no preventive effect of any strategy initiated before birth, including prenatal classes specifically targeting postpartum depression. Its not because the interventions are theoretically weak, but its because compliance is low – women are busy and dont attend the classes."
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