Infant Mental Health Mentor, IMH-E- IV, Associate Professor, Family, Community, Mental Health, College of Nursing, Wayne State University
Development of a Doula Intervention for Postpartum Depressive Symptoms: Participants' Recommendations
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 3–15, February 2013
How to Cite
McComish, J. F., Groh, C. J. and Moldenhauer, J. A. (2013), Development of a Doula Intervention for Postpartum Depressive Symptoms: Participants' Recommendations. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26: 3–15. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12019
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2013
- ISPN Foundation
- Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
- educational materials;
- focus groups;
- postpartum depression;
- smartphone application (app)
About 10–15% of women experience postpartum depression (PPD). Doulas provide support and education about PPD.
This qualitative study used focus groups with mothers, doulas, and doula trainers to develop educational materials for doulas to help mothers identify symptoms of depression and seek treatment.
All participants preferred materials that use simple language and avoid psychiatric jargon. Three themes emerged: someone to talk to, flexibility, and interactivity. Materials developed include tri-fold brochure and content for an application for smartphones and digital tablets.
Doulas can use these interactive materials to provide supportive, relationship-based care that complements nursing care.