A Descriptive Study to assess Postpartum Depression among the Postnatal Mothers at Villianoor PHC, in Puducherry
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The main objective of the study is to assess the prevalence of postpartum depression among the postnatal mothers, to associate the level of depression with the selected demographic variables of postnatal mothers.
Qualitative research design was selected and convenient sampling technique was used to select 30 samples from Villianur PHC who attended well baby clinic for the study and conducted the study with the questionnaire, consisting of 10 questions (EPDS Tool) for assessing the postnatal depression.
The data was analyzed by descriptive statistics. The findings of the study shown that 7 postnatal mothers are normal with the score (0–9), 12 postnatal mothers are having mild depression with the score (10–13), 10 postnatal mothers are having moderate depression with the score of (14–20) and 1 postnatal mothers affected with severe depression with the score of (21–27) The demographic variables like age, education, occupation, income, religion, total number of pregnancy shows association with postpartum depression.
Primi mothers with young age, low educational status, unemployment low income are more affected with postnatal depression
Counselling during pregnancy itself is effective to prevent postnatal depression during postpartum period.
Postpartum Depression, Postnatal Mothers, Puducherry.