Post Partum Depression among Women Attending Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Selected Hospitals of Nepal

  • Durga Mishra Department of Public Health, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Soalteemode, Kathmandu
  • Dhanedra Veer Shakya Central Department of Population Studies, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu
  • Ram Sharan Pathak Center for Mental Health and Counseling, Thapathali Height Kathmandu
  • Smriti Mishra Center for Mental Health and Counseling, Thapathali Height Kathmandu
Keywords: MCHclinic, postpartum depression, selected hospital, women

Abstract

Background: The postpartum non-psychotic depression is one of the most common complications of childbearing affecting about 10-15 % of women and is representative prevalence to consider as a public health problem affecting women and their families. The major objectives of this study were to assess magnitude of postpartum depression and to identify possible reasons.

Methods:Mixed method was adopted for the study. Individual interview questionnaire andNepali version Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) were used as quantitative tool among 260 women attending MCH clinic for vaccinating their children under the age of one from  purposively selected three Tarai hospitals in Nepal. 248 respondents were included in the analysis. For the qualitative part, Focus Group Discussion (FGD), In-depth interview (IDI) and Key Informants Interview (KII) were used. Data analysis was done usingSPSS (20). Chi-square test was done to show strength of association. Theme building was done for qualitative analysis. Findings from both studies have been triangulated.

Results: Among the 248 respondents 177 (71.4%) of them showed no signs of depression however,  in the 71 (28.6%) respondents  the postpartum depressionwas found through EPDS. The prevalence of postpartum depression was seen in all kinds of socio- economic and demographic characteristics but varied  in the magnitude.

Conclusions: Women from anywhere can be sufferers of the post partum depression and the findings of this study would be an important evidence for an individual, family, community and policy makers and programme designers/implementers in managing this  problem properly.

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2019-05-14
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Mishra, D., Shakya, D., Pathak, R., & Mishra, S. (2019). Post Partum Depression among Women Attending Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Selected Hospitals of Nepal. Journal of Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, 5(1), 27-41. https://doi.org/10.3126/jmmihs.v5i1.24069
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