Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression

The mother myth: a feminist analysis of post partum depression

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Debbie Field
Edition: 
Vol 11, No.1
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1989
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article offers a feminist analysis of the spectrum of post partum emotional adjustments.  Discusses post partum depression as a metaphor of women's oppression as mothers. Asks crucial questions about the problems that isolated nuclear family parenting poses for women. 


Winning the battle: living with epstein-barr virus

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Lone Rotenberg
Edition: 
Vol 10, No.2
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1989
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article shares one woman's experience of 'coming out' as one who lives with a chronic illness. Discusses holistic health practices. 

Is there sex after childbirth?

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Theresa Pitman
Edition: 
Vol 9, No.1
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1987
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article explores a variety of women's experiences of sex after childbirth. Explores reasons why sexual energy and responsiveness has an ebb and flow within a woman's lifetime, especially during the post partum period. 

After birth blues

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Harriet Rosenberg
Edition: 
vol 2, No. 1
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1980
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article shares a conversation with Joan Robertson, a staff person at Post Partum Counselling (PPC) in Vancouver; Differentiates Baby Blues from Post Partum Depression; Discusses women and anger; Women and depression; Child abuse; Changes in relationships postpartum.


 

 

Postpartum depression: literature review of risk factors and interventions

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English
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Online
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Donna E. Stewart
Phil Robertson
Cindy-Lee Dennis
Sherry L. Grace
Tamara Wallington
Publisher: 
University Health Network Women’s Health Program
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Argues that problems with existing screening tools for postpartum depression make it difficult to recommend them for routine screening. Concludes that depression screening “must be combined with systemic paths for referral of cases and well defined and implemented care plans to achieve outcome benefits.”

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289 p. Includes bibliographical references.

Postnatal depression and screening: too broad a sweep?

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English
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Author: 
Margaret Oates
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53(493): pp. 596-597
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British Journal of General Practice
Publication Date: 
2003

A critique of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, the primary test used to screen women for postnatal depression. Finds that there is a high risk of misdiagnosing women with this test - and the false positives (30-70%) could lead to unnecessary and inappropriate treatment.

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Includes bibliographical references.

A systematic review of studies validating the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in antepartum and postpartum women

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English
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Online
Author: 
J. Gibson
K. McKenzie-McHarg
J. Shakespeare
J. Price
R. Gray
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119(5): pp. 50-64
Publisher: 
Acta Psychiatra Scandinavica
Publication Date: 
May 2009

Examines the the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) which is widely used to screen women for postpartum depression, and concludes that it may not be an equally valid screening tool across all settings and contexts.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Information sheet on infant feeding for women who were sexually abused in childhood

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English
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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This information sheet is based on the 2005 study “From Hurting Touch to Healing Touch: The Infant Feeding Experiences of Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)” by Penny Van Esterik and Karen Wood.  It states that for many women, the experience of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) has a lifelong impact, and may affect infant feeding practices. Breastfeeding or seeing other women breastfeeding may trigger sudden intense emotional memories of abuse. Sexual abuse in childhood affects every woman differently. The birth of a child, and the breastfeeding experience, has for many women been a negative experience. For other women, it has been a healing experience.

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Do pregnant women benefit from taking antidepressants?

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Jane Shulman
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Vol.12 No.1
Publisher: 
Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
Fall/Winter 2009/2010
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

This article investigates whether or not there is evidence that antidepressant prescription drugs benefit pregnant women and if that benefit outweighs the potential risks.  Author Jane Shulman refers to Dr. Barbara Mintzes' expertise on the growing trend for doctors to encourage women to continue taking anti-depressants when they get pregnant.

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Contact their office to order a copy. Also available online.
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ISSN 14800039

Patient guide: self-care program for women with postpartum depression and anxiety

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English
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Doris Bodnar
Deirdre Ryan
Jules E Smith
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Provincial Reproductive Mental Health Program
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Describes the causes and different treatments of postpartum depression and anxiety. Offers various exercises and activities that can lead to positive changes.

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Includes bibliographical references.
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