Treating postpartum affective and/or anxiety disorders in a mother-baby day hospital: preliminary results

Alba Roca-Lecumberri, Anna Torres, Susana Andrés, Cristina López, Carmen Naranjo, Ester Roda, Lluïsa Garcia-Esteve, Estel Gelabert*

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Introduction: Women experiencing perinatal mental-health illness have unique needs. The present study analyzes preliminary data about the effectiveness of MBDH in treating postpartum women with affective and anxiety disorders. Methods: We analysed 33 mothers with affective and/or anxiety disorders treated at the MBDH with their babies between March 2018 and December 2019. All women were assessed at admission, discharge and three months after discharge. Outcomes included symptoms of depression (EPDS) and anxiety (STAI-S), mother-infant bonding (PBQ) and functional impairment (HoNOs). We also assessed the clinical significance of changes in patients’ scores on these scales and patient satisfaction. Results: At discharge, no patients still met the full criteria for the main diagnosis. Between admission and discharge, symptoms of depression and anxiety, mother-infant bonding, functional impairment and autonomy in caring for babies improved significantly. These gains were maintained at three months follow-up. Patient satisfaction was high. Conclusions: These preliminary results suggest that multidisciplinary intervention for postpartum women with affective or anxiety disorders at the MBDH improves maternal psychopathology, mother-infant bonding and mothers’ ability to care for their babies. MBDHs are a promising approach for delivering specialised perinatal mental-health care for mother-baby dyads.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)344-350
Número de páginas7
PublicaciónInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
EstadoPublicada - 2 ago 2023


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