The term postpartum depression has been used as a catchall phrase for many postpartum emotional symptoms. Other mental illnesses also occur after birth, and differences among postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are covered. All disorders disrupt the family, including mother-newborn interactions and bonding and breastfeeding.
This edition includes more information on traumatic childbirth, potentially resulting in PTSD in mothers and fathers. Risk factors, primary and secondary interventions, screening scales, and nursing interventions.