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MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2018 Nov/Dec;43(6):334-340. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000471.

Interventions to Improve Maternal-Infant Relationships in Mothers With Postpartum Mood Disorders.

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Rebekah Lindensmith is a Research Assistant, School of Nursing, Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada. The author can be reached via e-mail at rlindensmith365@community.nipissingu.ca.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

During the postpartum period, women may have changes in their mental health and experience postpartum mood disorders. Postpartum depression (PPD) is an especially prevalent postpartum mood disorder, affecting 10% to 15% of new mothers. Although PPD has detrimental effects on women's health, it can also affect maternal-infant attachment, bonding, and interaction, which influence the maternal-infant relationship and can lead to poor outcomes for infants later in life. The purpose of this review is to identify effective strategies for improving the maternal-infant relationship for mothers with postpartum mood disorders.

METHODS:

A literature search was conducted via three databases: PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Medline using key search terms. A total of 1,347 articles were scanned to determine their relevance; 19 articles were selected for review. Inclusion criteria included articles in English that focused in the postpartum period and measured outcomes related to the maternal-infant relationship.

RESULTS:

Infant massage appears to benefit the maternal-infant relationship, whereas psychotherapy and education had mixed results. Pharmacological interventions were not found to improve maternal-infant relationships. Family involvement was shown to improve infant attachment, but not the maternal-infant relationship.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Nurses should be aware of the importance of including interventions targeted at improving the maternal-infant relationship for women with postpartum mood disorders, especially PPD. However, data are limited, thus more research is needed to develop evidence-based strategies that can be implemented to support women experiencing postpartum mood disorders and their infants.

PMID:
30339579
DOI:
10.1097/NMC.0000000000000471
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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