Awareness and Knowledge of postpartum depression among childbearing age mothers in primary health care centers in Jeddah city 2011

Dr. Lama S. Alsabban

JPFCM, Jeddah

Background: Postpartum depression (PPD),  is a major depressive episode occurring after childbirth. It often goes unrecognized because many of  the usual discomforts of the puerperium are similar to symptoms of depression.

Objectives: To determine the level of awareness and the knowledge regarding postpartum depression among childbearing age mothers attending primary health care centers in Jeddah city in 2012.

Material and subjects: This is a cross sectional epidemiological study conducted in  Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs) .The sample were 400 mothers attending the well baby clinics in PHCCs. The study tool was a questionnaire adopted from a study done in Australia filled by direct interviewing of the mothers.

Results: expectations of the respondents about the average frequency of PPD in Saudi women. It shows that about one quarter of them (27%) think that it is about 15%, meanwhile, it was noted that another one quarter of them (24.8%) indicated that they don’t know it.

Conclusion and recommendations: we concluded lack of awareness regarding the frequency of PPD in our community.  Recommending Training programs for physicians to improve their ability and skills to recognize and treat Postpartum Depression.

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