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‘Time for self’ appears to be a proactive strategy for the prevention of postpartum depression
  1. Cindy-Lee Dennis
  1. Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Cindy-Lee Dennis, University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing, 155 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T1P8, Canada; cindylee.dennis{at}

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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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