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MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e318251078b
Feature: CE Connection

Identification of Mothers at Risk for Postpartum Depression by Hospital-Based Perinatal Nurses

Logsdon, M. Cynthia PhD, APRN, FAAN; Tomasulo, Roselyn MSN, RNC; Eckert, Diane BSN, RNC; Beck, Cheryl DNSc, CNM, FAAN; Dennis, Cindy Lee PhD

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Abstract

Abstract: In the western world, most women deliver their infants in a hospital setting. The purposes of this article are to provide guidelines and suggest best practices related to hospital-based care for postpartum depression by perinatal nurses; with this information, policies, procedures, and educational programs can be implemented to improve nursing care of new mothers. Hospital-based perinatal nurses need to “launch” new mothers from the hospital into the community so that the new mothers are prepared for self-monitoring for symptoms of depression, and know what steps to take if they do experience depressive symptoms.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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