The Environmental, Cultural, Relational and Physiological Aspects of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a complex, excessively researched and written-about subject. It affects the environmental, cultural, relational and physiological aspects a new mother faces during postpartum recovery. Ross‘ Biopsychosocial Model demonstrates potential postpartum risk factors a woman may encounter. A new mother‘s understanding about postpartum care is crucial for her health and that of her newborn child. This paper explores the impact postpartum depression has on family life, the development of the newborn, the importance of the mother-child attachment relationship and the significance of knowing her family history. Other topics discussed are the effects of multiple births on the mother-child attachment; fathers‘ postpartum depression, the social re-construct of motherhood, and the need for continuing education about postpartum depression and its risk factors

Joanne E. Campbell
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