An Evidence-Based Project to Improve Paternal Postpartum Depression

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      Transitioning to a parental role can be overwhelming for both the mother and the father. Historically, most health care focus has been placed on the maternal transition and not much emphasis on the paternal transition. As a result, paternal postpartum depression (PPPD) has been underreported, underrecognized, underdiagnosed, and undertreated by health care practitioners. PPPD can have a devastating effect on the whole family. An evidence-based awareness project was implemented in a health care setting to determine whether the use of a prenatal multimodal educational intervention improved the detection of PPPD for fathers using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Fathers reported that multimodal education improved their detection of PPPD. It is imperative for advanced practice nurses to increase their awareness of PPPD and to actively seek opportunities to intervene with fathers during and after pregnancy.


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      Taasha N. Guillemette, DNP, WHNP-BC, Jenny L. Monn, DNP, FNP-BC, who can be contacted at [email protected], and Michele Chronister, DNP, FNP-BC, IBCLC, are affiliated with Millersville University Department of Nursing, Millersville, PA. The authors would like to recognize WellSpan Health for their participation and support of this project.
      In compliance with standard ethical guidelines, the authors report no relationships with business or industry that would pose a conflict of interest.