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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

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July/August 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 4 - p 218–225
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e318251078b
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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.

This paper provides guidelines and suggests best practices for hospital-based perinatal nurses related to identifying postpartum depression.

M. Cynthia Logsdon is a Professor at School of Nursing, University of Louisville, and Associate Chief of Nursing for Research, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY. She can be reached via e-mail at

Roselyn Tomasulo is a Perinatal Educator, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY.

Diane Eckert is a Clinical Manager at Mother-Baby Unit, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY.

Cheryl Beck is a Professor at School of Nursing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Cindy Lee Dennis is an Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

The authors received no funding for this article.

The authors report no conflict of interest.

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