A 5 page paper presenting a proposal for screening new mothers for postpartum depression, beginning with the intake process as the mothers report to a hospital for labor and delivery. The hospital's foundation document becomes part of the obstetrician's and pediatrician's file; those care providers or their nurses actively address the issue at each follow-up visit in the months following the birth of the baby. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The country watched in horror as police led Andrea Yates away from her home. The home-schooling, deeply religious mother killed all of her five children one bright morning;
later it was revealed that she was suffering from a repeat experience with postpartum depression. A repeat experience. This means that she
had suffered this before, which placed her at greater risk for experiencing it again, and likely with greater intensity. A means of screening near-term mothers and then providing assistance
for them after delivery quite possibly could have saved the lives of these children, and prevented the wasting of Andreas own life. The purpose here is to propose a
means of providing that screening at a single hospital. Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression (PPD) affects about 15 percent of new mothers (More Than
the Baby Blues, n.d.), defined as those newly delivering, not necessarily for the first time. Though postpartum depression is not overwhelmingly common, neither is it a rare occurrence.
An affliction affecting only 15 percent of a specific population might not be "worth" consideration in todays climate of budgetary pressures were it not for the potential consequences of not
acting. Witness the lives of Andrea Yates five children. Certainly screening for the purpose of identifying those at risk likely will fail
to identify some individuals, but it also will succeed in identifying many more. It can be added to routine intake processes in labor and delivery, and be followed up
on through obstetric and well-baby pediatric visits during the first few months following delivery. The Orem Model of Nursing The Orem model provides