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Journal:   THE JOURNAL OF QAZVIN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES   Spring 2003 , Volume - , Number 25; Page(s) 19 To 19.
 
Paper: 

SUPPORTIVE ROLE OF THE MIDWIFE IN PREVENTING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

 
 
Author(s):  HASAN ZAHRAEI R., FAHAMI F., YAZDANI M., AHMADI Z., BASHARDOUST N.A.
 
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Abstract: 
Background: Regarding adverse effects of postpartum depression on mother- neonate relation as well as the relation between the couples; the importance of detecting practical & effective ways to prevent this disorder seems essential.
Objective: To determine the supportive role of the midwife in preventing postpartum depression.
Methods: In this semi- experimental study & through a systematic randomization 100 primiparus women referred to Esfahan Shahid Beheshty hospital in 2000-2001 were divided into 2 groups of 50. The case group received emotional & informational support of midwife on 2nd & 10th days of postpartum. Finally on 45th day of postpartum the depression of the case group (supported) was compared with the control group (unsupported) using EPDS.
Findings: Depression score mean in the supported group was 9.44 ± 4.79) and in unsupported group was 12.600± 4.67). The difference was statistically significant (P= 0.004).
Conclusion: Support is an effective factor in preventing postpartum depression and presented by midwife it can considerably reduce postpartum depression.
 
Keyword(s):  SUPPORTIVE ROLE OF MIDWIFE, PREVENTION, POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
 
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