Journal article

Postnatal mental health of women giving birth in Australia 2002-2004: findings from the beyondblue National Postnatal Depression Program

Anne E Buist, Marie-Paule V Austin, Barbara A Hayes, Craig Speelman, Justin LC Bilszta, Alan W Gemmill, Janette Brooks, David Ellwood, Jeannette Milgrom

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To describe the postnatal mental health status of women giving birth in Australia 2002-2004 at 6-8 weeks postpartum. METHOD: Women were recruited from 43 health services across Australia. Women completed a demographic questionnaire and an Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) in pregnancy; the latter was repeated at 6-8 weeks following childbirth. RESULTS: A total of 12 361 postnatal women (53.8% of all postnatal women surveyed) completed questionnaires as part of a depression screening programme; 15.5% of women screened had a postnatal EPDS>9 and 7.5% of women had an EPDS>12 at 6-8 weeks following childbirth. There was significant variation between States in the percentage..

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