Intervention for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Telephone Coaching Intervention for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Mental health problems affect up to 20% of women at some point during the perinatal period (i.e., from pregnancy to one year postpartum. Perinatal mental health (PMH) problems have been associated with many negative obstetric outcomes, such as higher elective caesarean section, premature delivery, pre-eclampsia, lower fertility rates, and longer postpartum hospital stay. This research study is a pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and potential benefits of a low cost sustainable web-based intervention (WBI) with telephone coaching for women with mild to moderate symptomatology of postpartum depression and anxiety. The intervention contains modules that will help postpartum mothers: 1. Learning new information to better understand their condition. This can help mothers feel that they are not alone, and that their experience is not abnormal. It gives a better understanding that can help them feel more confident in their communications with health care professionals and can make it easier to share their experience with family and friends. 2. Learning and practicing new skills. This can help mothers feel confident that they can engage in the behaviours that have been shown to be beneficial for mood and to improve stress. This can include learning to plan activities like physical exercise, practice proper sleep hygiene or learning to use a new way of thinking about problems to help you find solutions. This trial represents a first step to implement a sustainable intervention for PMH problems in order to better serve women's PMH needs and preferences for support. This will help inform the current gap in low cost web-based interventions for PMH.Specific deliverables (in both French and English) include: a manual detailing coaching procedures; reports for decision makers and short summaries for stakeholder groups

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Telephone Coaching

Access to Telephone Coaching for a period of 12 weeks

A Pilot Randomized Trial of a Telephone Coaching Intervention for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety