Weekly Roundup for JANUARY 3, 2020: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

By | January 6, 2020

A Call to Action: Screening Fathers for Perinatal Depression.

Walsh TB, Davis RN, Garfield C.  Pediatrics. 2020 Jan;145(1). 


Preventing Postpartum Depression With Mindful Self-Compassion Intervention: A Randomized Control Study.

Guo L, Zhang J, Mu L, Ye Z.  J Nerv Ment Dis. 2019 Dec 18. 

Compared with the control group, the intervention group showed significant improvement in depressive and anxiety behaviors. In addition, the intervention group became more mindful and self-compassionate at 3 months and 1 year postpartum. More importantly, both mothers and infants experienced substantial improvement in well-being.


Psychosocial factors associated with trajectories of maternal psychological distress over a 10-year period from the first year postpartum: An Australian population-based study.

Wajid A, Kingston D, Bright KS, Kashif Mughal M, Charrois EM, Giallo R.  J Affect Disord. 2019 Nov 30;263:31-38.

Researchers observed five distinct trajectories of maternal psychological distress symptoms over time.  Social and economic disadvantage and psychosocial stress predicted trajectories with elevated symptoms. The strongest predictors of elevated mental health symptoms were a history of depression [OR: 7.57(4.73-12.11)] and 3 or more stressful life events in the past year [OR: 3.38(2.02-5.65)].


Association between stillbirth ?23 weeks gestation and acute psychiatric illness within 1 year of delivery.

Lewkowitz AK, Rosenbloom JI, Keller M, López JD, Macones GA, Olsen MA, Cahill AG.  Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Nov;221(5):491.e1-491.e22. 

A total of 8292 women with stillborn singletons and 1,194,758 with liveborn singletons were included. Within 1 year of hospital discharge after stillbirth, 4.0% of the women (n=331) had an Emergency Department encounter or inpatient admission that was coded for psychiatric morbidity; the risk was nearly 2.5 times higher compared with livebirth (1.6%; n=19,746); adjusted odds ratio, 2.47.


Relationship of Anxiety, Inflammation, and Telomere Length in Postpartum Women: A Pilot Study.

Groer M, Louis-Jacques A, Szalacha L, Redwine L, Dracxler R, Keefe D.  Biol Res Nurs. 2019 Dec 20:

Higher anxiety scores and inflammation were associated with shorter telomere length.


Maternal-fetal attachment protects against postpartum anxiety: the mediating role of postpartum bonding and partnership satisfaction.

Matthies LM, Müller M, Doster A, Sohn C, Wallwiener M, Reck C, Wallwiener S.  Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2019 Dec 24. 

Stronger maternal-fetal attachment (measured during the third trimester) buffers postpartum symptoms of anxiety, partially mediated through postpartum bonding and partnership satisfaction.


Education level and risk of postpartum depression: results from the Japan Environment and Children’s Study (JECS).

Matsumura K, Hamazaki K, Tsuchida A, Kasamatsu H, Inadera H; Japan Environment and Children’s Study (JECS) Group.  BMC Psychiatry. 2019 Dec 27;19(1):419. 

Lower education level was associated with increased risk for PPD.

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