A Deep Dive into Postpartum Depression from the Lens of Occupational Therapists

A Deep Dive into Postpartum Depression from the Lens of Occupational Therapists
As occupational therapists, we often see firsthand the emotional toll that motherhood can have on new mothers. While it is normal to feel a range of emotions after giving birth, postpartum depression (PPD) is an all too common condition that can impact a mother’s ability to care for herself and her baby.

Statistics indicate that 1 in 10 women experience PPD, making it a prevalent condition that deserves our attention. The effects of PPD can range from mild to severe and may last for weeks or months. It is crucial to understand the risk factors and early signs of PPD in order to provide timely support.

From an occupational therapy perspective, we look at PPD through the lens of a mother’s daily routines and activities. We help mothers identify their roles, routines, and values and offer support through simple yet effective interventions.

For example, let’s say a new mother has not been sleeping well and finding it difficult to maintain her daily routines, which include taking care of her newborn, cooking, and cleaning. An occupational therapist can work with her to develop a manageable sleep routine and create a daily schedule that prioritizes her values and responsibilities.

Occupational therapists also provide practical guidance on how to incorporate physical activities such as walks, yoga, and stretching, which have been shown to improve mood and reduce stress.

In conclusion, PPD is a complex and often misunderstood condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach. Occupational therapists play a key role in helping new mothers manage their daily routines, take care of themselves, and provide a supportive environment for their babies. By understanding the intricacies of PPD and offering practical solutions, we can empower new mothers to overcome this condition and thrive as they transition to motherhood.

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  • Chiron de La Casinière Jeanne

    A DESTINATION DES ERGOTHERAPEUTES – Mémoire d’initiation à la recherche – Questionnaire – Prévention en ergothérapie et dépression post-partum


    Actuellement en troisième année d’ergothérapie, je réalise un mémoire d’initiation à la recherche sur l’accompagnement en ergothérapie des femmes avec une dépression post-partum, autour des occupations et co-occupations.

    Ici, je m’intéresse plus particulièrement aux actions de prévention mise en place par l’ergothérapeute auprès des futurs parents et jeunes parents de manière générale.

    L’objectif de ce travail est de comprendre comment l’ergothérapeute, par ses actions de prévention, contribue à aider les futures mamans à mieux vivre l’arrivée du bébé et à, éventuellement, diminuer le risque de développer une dépression postpartum.

    La réalisation de ce questionnaire vous prendra environ 10 minutes. Ces informations sont très précieuses pour mon travail et pour mettre en avant ce champ d’action de l’ergothérapeute.

    N’hésitez pas à faire passer mon questionnaire si vous connaissez d’autres ergothérapeutes qui serait concernés et intéressés !

    Je vous remercie par avance pour toute l’aide que vous pourrez m’apporter,

    Jeanne Chiron de La Casinière


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