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Commentary on: Jiao N, Zhu L, Chong YS, et al. Web-based versus home-based postnatal psychoeducational interventions for first-time mothers: A randomised controlled trial. Int J Nurs Stud 2019;99:103385.
Implications for practice and research
Use of web-based psychoeducation interventions provides meaningful support for first-time mothers.
Research to examine the effectiveness of web-based psychoeducation beyond 6 months post partum, in subsequent pregnancies, or in first-time mothers versus experienced mothers may provide greater insight into the value of web-based mental health interventions.
Many first-time mothers experience low parental self-efficacy as they transition to motherhood. Self-doubt can disrupt personal well-being and heighten feelings of inadequacy, unpreparedness and isolation. Low maternal confidence is a significant risk factor for postpartum depression (PPD). Untreated PPD can negatively impact the maternal-child bond, increase dissatisfaction with parenting, alter maternal response to infant needs (eg, hunger cues) and contribute to negative outcomes in children. This study illustrates the …
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