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Complementary Therapies as Adjuncts in the Treatment of Postpartum Depression


  • Kira M. Weier CNM, MSN,

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    1. Kira M. Weier, CNM, MSN, received her bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, and her Master of Science degree specializing in nurse-midwifery from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
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  • Margaret W. Beal CNM, PhD

    1. Margaret W. Beal, CNM, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing at Yale University School of Nursing, where she teaches nursing and midwifery students. She practices with Planned Parenthood of Connecticut.
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Kira M. Weier, CNM, MSN, 3222 Aldrich Avenue South, Apartment #2, Minneapolis, MN 55408. E-mail:


Postpartum depression affects an estimated 13% of women who have recently given birth. This article discusses several alternative or complementary therapies that may serve as adjuncts in the treatment of postpartum depression. The intent is to help practitioners better understand the treatments that are available that their clients may be using. Complementary modalities discussed include herbal medicine, dietary supplements, massage, aromatherapy, and acupuncture. Evidence supporting the use of these modalities is reviewed where available, and a list of resources is given in the appendix.