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Women’s health and midwifery
Acceptance-focused processes and self-compassion protect pregnant women from developing postpartum depressive and anxiety symptoms and improve relationships with health caregivers
  1. Asmaa Salah Eldin Mohamed Saleh
  1. Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Beni Suef University, Beni Suef, Egypt
  1. Correspondence to Dr Asmaa Salah Eldin Mohamed Saleh, Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Beni Suef University, Cairo 002, Egypt; asems2012{at}

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Commentary on: Monteiro F, Fonseca A, Pereira M, et al. What protects at-risk postpartum women from developing depressive and anxiety symptoms? The role of acceptance-focused processes and self-compassion. J Affect Disord 2019;246:522–9. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.12.124.

Implications for practice and research

  • Pregnant women are more susceptible to postpartum depression (PPD); self-compassion will enable them to cope with life challenges, and support interpersonal relationships with caregivers.

  • This study emphasises promotion of acceptance-based processes as preventive measures for at-risk women, which may protect them from developing psychological symptoms.


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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.