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Postpartum Depression: How Childbirth Educators Can Help Break the Silence

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Abstract:

The voices of women suffering from postpartum depression are often silent. Women are reluctant to reveal to others that they are unhappy after the birth of their babies. Much has been written on possible causes, risk factors, and treatments for postpartum depression, but little has been done to investigate why women take so long to seek help. Early detection and treatment are key to a full recovery. Childbirth educators are in the position to offer anticipatory guidance on possible complications of the postpartum period, including postpartum depression. This article explores why women with postpartum depression choose to suffer in silence and suggests how childbirth educators can help new mothers find their voices.

Keywords: anticipatory guidance; childbirth education; postpartum depression

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812409X426305

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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