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International Journal of Advances in Nursing Management
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 4
First page : ( 309) Last page : ( 312)
Print ISSN : 2347-8632. Online ISSN : 2454-2652.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2652.2018.00070.7

A Study to Explore the Factors Contributing to the Development of Postpartum Blues among Postnatal Mothers at Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry

Mrs. Mano Pon Princess1,*, Dr. Samson Rebecca2, Mrs. Jayasankari3, Ms. Anjana K.P., Ms. Indhu T., Ms. Kirthika E., Ms. Meenashi N., Ms. Mounica S., Ms. Priya, Ms. Sherin R. Rini, Ms. Varghese Sherin E, Dr. Ravichandran4

1Lecturer, College of Nursing, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry, Pin-605014, India

2Research Guide and Dean, College of Nursing, PIMS, Puducherry, India

3Vice Dean, College of Nursing PIMS, Puducherry, India

4Statistician, PIMS, Puducherry, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: p.princeprincess@yahoo.in

Online published on 27 December, 2018.


Postpartum period is a period that is associated with intense physical and emotional changes leading to anxiety and mood disturbance. The “baby blues” is described as mild depression interspersed with happier feelings, or as some women state, it is “an emotional roller coaster”. Onset is usually 2-3days postpartum, with a peak around 7–10 days.


To identify the postnatal mothers for postpartum blues in Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, To determine the contributing factors for the development of postpartum blues.


OBG Ward Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India.


Data was collected over a period of one week in March 2018. The researcher obtained formal permission from the concern authorities. Convenience sampling method was adopted to select the samples based on the inclusion criteria. The sample size was 64. Informed consent was obtained from the study participants. The data was collected using Edinburgh Postnatal Depression scale and Structured Questionnaire like contributing factors to the development of postpartum blues. Each participant was allotted 15–20 mins. Around 10 to 20 women were interviewed per day. After the interview the researcher gave counseling according to the needs of the participant.


The (Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale) shows that among 68 postnatal mothers, 64 mothers (94%) has postpartum blues and only 4(6%) has postpartum depression. Among 64 samples the major factors were financial problems (37(57.8%)), Inadequate sleep (40(62.5%)) which contributes to postpartum blues among postnatal mothers.



Edinburgh Postnatal Depression scale, Structured Questionnaire.


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