Postnatal depressive features in mothers of neonates admitted to a neonatal unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital : the role of sociodemographic and psychosocial factors

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dc.contributor.author Mnisi, B.
dc.contributor.author Makin, J.A.
dc.contributor.author Lindeque, B. Gerhard
dc.contributor.author Adam, Sumaiya
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-07T09:28:33Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-07T09:28:33Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Postnatal depression (PND) is one of the most common complications following delivery. The development of PND is closely linked with biological, psychological, socioeconomic and cultural factors. OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and identify risk factors for PND in mothers delivering at Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH) whose babies were admitted to the neonatal unit. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study at SBAH, Pretoria, South Africa (SA). Women who delivered between 26 and 42 weeks' gestation at SBAH and whose babies were admitted to the neonatal unit were recruited at delivery. Interview screening using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) was conducted regarding the mother’s experience of her pregnancy and delivery. Sociodemographic and psychosocial data from the mothers were included in a multiple logistic regression model to estimate association with PND symptoms. RESULTS: Between 11 March and 30 December 2017, 2 671 mothers delivered at SBAH. Of these, 196 (7.3%) babies were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and 10 (0.3%) were admitted to the neonatal high care unit (NHC). Mothers’ accommodation during their babies’ admission to the neonatal unit (p=0.002), having poor interpersonal relationships (p<0.0001), and intimate partner violence (IPV) (p=0.004) were significantly associated with screening positive for PND. CONCLUSION: Accommodation during neonatal care, availability of counselling, inclusion of the partner in postnatal care and IPV are significant factors in the depressive symptoms experienced by mothers postpartum in this setting en_ZA
dc.description.department Obstetrics and Gynaecology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sajog.org.za/index.php/SAJOG en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Mnisi, B., Makin, J., Lindeque, B.G. et al. 2019, 'Postnatal depressive features in mothers of neonates admitted to a neonatal unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital : the role of sociodemographic and psychosocial factors', South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 89-94. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2329 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2305-8862 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.7196.SAJOG.2019.v25i3.1467
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/76063
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher South African Medical Association en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019. Published by Health & Medical Publishing Group. This open-access article is distributed under Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC 4.0. en_ZA
dc.subject Risk factors en_ZA
dc.subject Interpersonal relationships en_ZA
dc.subject Postnatal depression (PND) en_ZA
dc.subject Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH) en_ZA
dc.subject Prevalence en_ZA
dc.subject Delivery en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) en_ZA
dc.subject Intimate partner violence (IPV) en_ZA
dc.title Postnatal depressive features in mothers of neonates admitted to a neonatal unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital : the role of sociodemographic and psychosocial factors en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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