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Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, Gestational diabetes, Perinatal depression, Postpartum depression



  1. Clevesy, Marcia A. DNP, WHNP-BC
  2. Gatlin, Tricia K. PhD, RN, CNE
  3. Strebel, Kord T. MD, FACOG


Abstract: Perinatal depression (PND) is one of the leading complications associated with childbirth. Early detection and treatment of depression, particularly during the perinatal period, is essential for the promotion of positive maternal-child outcomes. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has been suggested as a confounding factor associated with PND. Concerns associated with PND include interference with maternal-newborn bonding and long-term effects of neurobehavioral consequences. An exemplar case describing one woman's experience with GDM and her subsequent complications associated with PND is presented to discuss maternal depression and its plausible association with GDM. Recommendations include universal screening with the validated Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale screening tool during the early perinatal period to reduce incidence of maternal-newborn complications associated with PND and promote underpinnings for best practice.