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Understanding the Risk Factors and Social Support regarding Post-partum Depression among the Mothers of Infants in Barishal, Bangladesh
  • Farzana Ferdous,
  • Tareq Mahamud Abir,
  • Tanwee Das
Farzana Ferdous
Central China Normal University Library

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Tareq Mahamud Abir
Central China Normal University Library
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Tanwee Das
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Abstract

Postpartum depression refers to depression that occurs in the postpartum period. It threatens the life of the neonatal mother as well as the infant. The study aims to explore the influence of several risk factors and social support on postpartum depressed mothers. A cross-sectional, mixed-method study was conducted and a total of 273 women between one and 4 months postpartum were screened for depressive symptoms by the Edinburgh Post-Natal Depression Scale. Women scoring Thirteen or more (indicating potential depressive disorder) (n = 232) were interviewed regarding depressive symptoms, risk factors associated with postpartum depression, availability and necessity of social support. The response rate is 84.98%. The location of living and occupational difference has strong significance of post-partum depression. Again, women feel depressed for the unavoidable physical chance and previous depressive symptoms. They used to face barrier in their career as well as social comments results in post-partum depression. In spite of having emotional support, women need to get further instrumental support from family. There is an insufficiency of cognitive knowledge and institutional support in the study area. This study aimed to examine the situation of the mothers of newborn that quest for the solution in social support as well as explore the availability of emotional and behavioral support to mitigate the possible risk. By investigating risk factors among the new mothers would guide the policy makers of government and non-government organizations to mitigate the problem by providing accessible concealing centers, creating awareness and enhancing hospital facilities.