Self Reflection. Focus Of These Mood Changes Also Points

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Self Reflection. Focus of these mood changes also points towards the new mother herself. She begins to become worried and concerned about being a good mother, now having less time for herself and changes of her body not only from pregnancy but from delivery as well. It is common for a mother or anyone for that matter to question their own ability to perform. Unfortunately, in this case, the new mother begins to aggressively obsess with her ability to take care of her new infant correctly. She may have feelings of inadequacy during this process. She becomes worried with things such as not providing well enough or even being good enough for her newborn. Also, a lot of times the new mother is either unable or simply doesn’t take time…show more content…
During diagnosis and recognition of PPD, it is essential for the nurse to demonstrate an open and caring demeanor. The new mother and family should feel comfortable enough to express everything that she may be feeling and going through during this time and in turn the nurse should always be an active alert listener (Lowdermilk, 2016). Since these new mothers are not forth coming with information, the nurse can ask some direct question such as, “How are things going for you now that the baby has arrived?” The nurse may also ask, “Do you feel like your life changed drastically lately? Do you spend a lot of time crying and if so, How much time?” It is important that the mother knows she is not the only one that goes through these changes and that she is not alone, this will can be accomplished by saying, “Many women feel depressed after having a baby, and some feel so badly that they thing about hurting themselves or the baby. Have you had these thoughts (Lowdermilk, 2016)?” Nurses should note that if there is a thought that the mother may cause harm to the new baby, special caution is needed. Knowledge is Key in Understanding Timing is key! It is outstanding to know that PPD is definitely treatable especially when caught early. Two well known assessments can be used when evaluating a client with potential for PPD; these two test are the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale
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