Journal article

Metropolitan regional differences in primary health care of postnatal depression

A Buist, J Milgrom, C Morse, S Durkin

Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing | Published : 2004


This study examines the psychological and social aspects of the transition to motherhood by primiparous women, including care received, in two regions of suburban Melbourne, Australia. Two hundred and thirteen women were recruited from antenatal clinics in the regions and completed questionnaires at 24 weeks gestation, six weeks, four months and nine months postpartum. Maternal child health nurses were also asked to complete questionnaires on services in their region. Rates of distress decreased over time in the eastern affluent established region, but increased in the western rapidly developing region. For women in both regions, satisfaction in their relationship with their partners decreas..

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