Journal article

Towards parenthood: An antenatal intervention to reduce depression, anxiety and parenting difficulties

Jeannette Milgrom, Charlene Schembri, Jennifer Ericksen, Jessica Ross, Alan W Gemmill

Journal of Affective Disorders | ELSEVIER | Published : 2011


BACKGROUND: There have been few antenatal interventions aimed at preparing women for the transition to parenthood and previous attempts to intervene antenatally to prevent postnatal depression and anxiety have had limited impact. METHODS: We evaluated the effectiveness of an antenatal intervention which targeted risk factors for poor postnatal adjustment, with the dual aim of reducing both postnatal symptoms of depression/anxiety and parenting difficulties (a nine-unit self-guided workbook with weekly telephone support). Based on an initial feasibility study (n=200) which confirmed a low level of help-seeking among distressed women during pregnancy, an additional community networking compone..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders for funding this project. We thank Bronwyn Leigh, Yolanda Romeo, Elizabeth Loughlin, the late Rachael McCarthy, and Bella Saunders all of whom coauthored the Towards Parenthood workbook together with JM and JE. Melina Ramp oversaw recruitment and data collection for the feasibility study. The feasibility study was carried out with the assistance of staff at the Royal Women's Hospital.