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Colette Dieujuste Biography
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Dr. Colette Dieujuste, RN, MS






Colette Dieujuste received her BSN from Columbia Union College in Maryland and MSN in Perinatal Nursing from Boston College. Her clinical expertise is in the area of perinatal and obstetrical nursing. She has practiced as the Perinatal/Child Clinical Nurse Specialist at Winchester Hospital and as Labor and Delivery nurse in the Boston area. Her background and clinical expertise in Maternal-Child Health is the foundation for her teaching. She is pursuing her PhD at University of Massachusetts Medical School and her research interest is postpartum depression. In 2015 she received the Nursing Education/Teaching Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association.



Background/ Significance: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008), the national prevalence for postpartum depression is 12% to 20%. PPD can be a very serious medical condition that new mothers deal with after having a baby, which may decrease bonding between mother and child as mothers suffering from PPD may be unable to take care of the baby's needs or those of themselves and their family. Learning to identifY cues that can be used to decrease the prevalence of PPD may also help find ways to provide support and professional help as well as enhance coping and education methods. The literature does identify several factors that might contribute to PPD such as stress, mental health attitudes, stigma and social support.  Haitian women may be at high risk for these contributing factors yet no studies have been identified specific to Haitian women with PPD.

Purpose: The purpose of this interpretive phenomenological study is to explore and describe the lived experience of Haitian women living in Massachusetts with PPD.

Methods: Interpretive phenomenology will guide this qualitative study.  Phenomenological research describes the human experience, as lived experience (Creswell, 2013). The sample will be recruited from different clinics. Data collection will continue until saturation occurs.  The data from each interview will be transcribed into a written document.  The transcript of the mother's PPD experience will be analyzed by using the Crist & Tanner five-step process. A summary of themes and quotations from the interviews will be developed.

Implications: This study will help to provide insight into the lived experience of Haitian women with PPD.  Awareness of Haitian women's  actual experiences with PPD will help health care providers to identify and provide care to this vulnerable population.

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