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Implications for practice and research
Encouraging women and their partners to take time for self at least once a week in the first 6 months postpartum may promote positive parental mental health.
Future research examining the relationship between co-parenting and time for selfholds potential in the effort to prevent postpartum depression.
Perinatal mental health is a leading public health issue with significant economic cost to society if left untreated.1 Owing to its negative effect on maternal and child outcomes,2 there is ever-growing research focusing on prevention strategies. An updated Cochrane systematic review suggests that psychosocial and psychological interventions may decrease the risk of developing postpartum depression by 22%, and it …
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