Title

Reducing Post-Partum Depression Through Peer Support Interventions

Document Type

Poster

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

16-5-2021

End Date

22-5-2021

Keywords

Post-Partum Depression, Peer support, Barriers

Abstract

Post-partum depression occurs in 7-20% of pregnant women in the United States (Patel et. Al, 2012). Many mothers experience depression for the first time while pregnant (APA, 2008). Mothers who experience post-partum depression are 60% more likely to experience it again in subsequent pregnancies (Patel et. Al, 2012). Post-partum depression disproportionately impacts mothers of low socio-economic status, with mothers in poverty experiencing post-partum depression 2-4 times more often than their peers (Hansotte et. Al, 2017). A literature review was conducted to determine whether peer support interventions are effective tools in managing post-partum depression. It was found that while peer support interventions are effective, there are a variety of barriers that prevent mothers from engaging in peer support, especially for mothers of low socioeconomic status. It was found that utilizing multiple formats for peer support including home visits, internet, and text-based support is crucial to providing access to care for mothers in this digital age. Many barriers to treatment were noted, including lack of medical insurance coverage, and competing priorities, particularly for mothers of low socioeconomic status. Many mothers cannot prioritize post-partum medical visits due to needing to return to work as soon as possible to maintain adequate housing and necessities such as food and electricity. Recommendations to improve care for mothers include expanding Medicaid coverage to cover mothers for at least 1-year post-partum and screening for post-partum depression at WIC offices and DSHS to help identify mothers needing additional support.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Tishra Beeson

Department/Program

Health Sciences

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/reducing-post-partum-depression-through-peer-support-interventions/

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Reducing Post-Partum Depression Through Peer Support Interventions

Ellensburg

Post-partum depression occurs in 7-20% of pregnant women in the United States (Patel et. Al, 2012). Many mothers experience depression for the first time while pregnant (APA, 2008). Mothers who experience post-partum depression are 60% more likely to experience it again in subsequent pregnancies (Patel et. Al, 2012). Post-partum depression disproportionately impacts mothers of low socio-economic status, with mothers in poverty experiencing post-partum depression 2-4 times more often than their peers (Hansotte et. Al, 2017). A literature review was conducted to determine whether peer support interventions are effective tools in managing post-partum depression. It was found that while peer support interventions are effective, there are a variety of barriers that prevent mothers from engaging in peer support, especially for mothers of low socioeconomic status. It was found that utilizing multiple formats for peer support including home visits, internet, and text-based support is crucial to providing access to care for mothers in this digital age. Many barriers to treatment were noted, including lack of medical insurance coverage, and competing priorities, particularly for mothers of low socioeconomic status. Many mothers cannot prioritize post-partum medical visits due to needing to return to work as soon as possible to maintain adequate housing and necessities such as food and electricity. Recommendations to improve care for mothers include expanding Medicaid coverage to cover mothers for at least 1-year post-partum and screening for post-partum depression at WIC offices and DSHS to help identify mothers needing additional support.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2021/CEPS/50