Recognizing and Screening for Postpartum Depression in Mothers of NICU Infants

Adv Neonatal Care. 2003;3(1) 

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In summary, caring for an infant requires caring for the mother. Recognizing PPD requires only a few simple steps:

  1. Advocate for universal screening for PPD in the NICU environment.

  2. Use astute observation and intuition to identify mothers with PPD.

  3. Listen carefully to mothers, explore their personal experiences, and develop an enhanced understanding of the lived experience of PPD.

  4. Make appropriate referrals to qualified mental health professionals with an interest and expertise in caring for mothers with mood disorders.

  5. Provide hope that mothers' living nightmares will end.

Neonatal care providers are in an ideal position to help identify mothers suffering from PPD. It is hoped that the information addressed in this article will provide the knowledge necessary to meet this challenging and potentially life-saving mission.


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