Psychosocial and psychological interventions reduce the risk of postnatal depression compared with standard care
- Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Michael W O'Hara
Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, 11 Seashore Hall E, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA;
Implications for practice and research
Interventions that target women ‘at risk’ for postnatal depression are efficacious.
The evidence is weak for interventions that target the general population of women.
Future research should focus on developing better tools to identify ‘at-risk’ women, improving the efficacy of these and making them more accessible to women in need.
Postpartum depression is a significant mental health problem that impacts not only women, but also their children and families. It is prevalent, affecting up to 19% of women (7% major depression alone) in the first 3 months after delivery.1 A number of efficacious interventions have been developed to treat postpartum depression.2 Despite the availability of effective interventions, women experience considerable suffering prior to the onset …