Treatment of postpartum depression

Background

Postpartum depression is a relatively common complication after childbirth; an estimated 12–15% of new mothers suffer to some degree. Common symptoms are depression, difficulty sleeping, feelings of guilt and thoughts of harming oneself or the child. Postpartum depression can also lead to consequences for the new-born, such as negative impact on its socio-emotional and cognitive development.

An episode of depression during the period after childbirth can be long-lasting and lead to future episodes of depression. It is therefore important that women with postpartum depression receive correct and effective treatment. In healthcare, different interventions are used, mainly psychological and pharmacological treatments.

Aim

The purpose is to evaluate the scientific support for the treatment of postpartum depression, and to explore women’s experiences of the treatment. The project does not include the effects of antidepressant medication, which is treated in a separate SBU Commentary. The evaluation will also shed light on health economic and ethical aspects.

Ongoing Projects

Planned to be published: Quarter 4, 2022
Registration no: SBU 2021/299