Dr. Lama S. Alsabban
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.