Last updated on May 2019

Maternal Mental Health


Brief description of study

Perinatal (around the time of birth) mental health disorders are common difficulties of pregnancy. Perinatal depression is made up of major and minor depressive events during pregnancy and the first 12 months after delivery. It is estimated that 11%-19% of mothers suffer from perinatal depression. However, rates may be significantly higher among some subpopulations.

Left untreated, post partum depression (PPD) is linked with several significant negative health impacts on the mother, her infant, and their families. PPD is linked with lower quality maternal-child relationship, and this change in emotional attachment can lead to physiologic changes and poorer cognitive outcomes in the infant.

The purpose of this study is to determine the maternal mental health effect of postpartum depression screening and intervention during infants' short term hospitalizations. The study is also aiming to define effects of PPD short term hospitalization interventions on maternal PPD follow up and child health based on well child care (WCC), emergency department (ED) visits, hospital readmissions, and parent's feelings on child's health.

Detailed Study Description

Half of the study participants will receive a social work consult and treatment with psychology therapy in the hospital. The psychology therapy will be 2-3 fifty-minute therapy sessions while the child is in the hospital. An outpatient psychiatry/psychology follow up appointment will be offered if needed as per routine care.

Discharge Follow Up:

A discharge follow up questionnaire and survey will be completed on an electronic tablet around the time of the baby's discharge home from the hospital or within 1 week of being at home. The survey can be completed over the phone or it can be sent via email or text to complete the survey online.

One Month Follow Up:

A one-time follow up questionnaire and survey will be completed 1 month after discharge from the hospital. The survey can be completed in approximately 5 - 10 minutes over the phone or it can be sent via email or text to complete the survey online.

The other half of the study participants will receive social work consult with information about follow up options for PPD per current standard of care for mothers identified as having postpartum depression in the hospital setting.

As part of this study a review of the child's medical record, including data collection, will be performed.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03777046

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