Telephone Peer Support Improves Postpartum Depression

Approximately 9-16% of new mothers in the U.S. experience postpartum depression. But according to a new study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, telephone-based support from mothers who have recovered from postpartum depression could be an effective way to help new mothers with the condition.

Postpartum depression, also known as postnatal depression, is a period of distress that can occur in a woman after she has given birth. Onset is most common during the four weeks after delivery, but it can develop up to two years after delivery.

Symptoms of the condition vary in each woman, and can include irritability, anxiety, lack of concentration and energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, feeling disconnected from others and even thoughts of death or suicide.

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