Date of Award


Document Type

Evidence Based Nursing Education Project

Degree Name

Master Of Science In Nursing

Colleges & School

Ruth S. Coleman College Of Nursing And Health Sciences

First Advisor

Barbara Haag-Heitman, PhD, RN

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Postpartum depression; Patient education; nursing


Postpartum depression can have devastating consequences for the new mother, her infant and family. Consequences range from cognitive impairments and behavioral issues in the child to death or harm to the infant and mother. Reports of postpartum depression (PPD) indicate that it affects 10 to 20% of all new mothers; however experts estimate that PPD may be as high as 50%. Research indicates that current PPD patient education materials are often inaccurate, unreadable, and minimize symptoms. The integration of PPD into patient teaching by providers is also variable. Currently, there are no standardized nursing guidelines or consensus regarding the best method to educate mothers about PPD. While this review clearly demonstrates that no specific interventions can be strongly recommended for clinical practices many specific implications for education and research were presented.


Open Access

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