Care from health visitors trained in psychological intervention methods may prevent depression in mothers not depressed 6 weeks postnatally
- 1Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
- 2The National Suicide Research Foundation, Cork, Ireland
- Correspondence to: Patricia Leahy-Warren
Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Ireland;
Implications for practice and research
▪ Nurses and midwives who provide postnatal care need to receive training in identification and psychological intervention methods to prevent depression.
▪ They will need to provide more visits to all mothers within the first 12-month postdelivery.
▪ Further randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in this area should utilise midwives/health visitors (HVs) as the administrators of the intervention.
▪ They should also seek control for the increased number of contacts associated with interventions of this nature.
▪ There is a need for further RCTs in postnatal care to disentangle the effects of perceived support, the therapeutic relationship and the psychological intervention.
Approximately 13% of mothers …