The purpose of this study was to assess for postpartum depression prevention activities of a group of 20 Anglo-American mothers who had given birth within the last year and who denied having postpartum depression. Results of open-ended interviewing and qualitative analysis indicated that in addition to the women being able to articulate a prescribed postpartum period, they also were the beneficiaries of protective measures and rituals, some degree of social seclusion, rest, assistance with tasks, and social recognition of their new social status as a mother. These results underscore the importance of social support for the prevention of postpartum depression and the need to educate mothers, families, and health care workers on their use and value.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Phychiatric Mental Health