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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Foland


The purpose of this project is to implement the recommendations of national organizations for screening of postpartum depression in mothers during well-child visits. Postpartum depression is an underdiagnosed problem for new mothers and can result in harm to the health of the mother and the child. This project uses the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale as a screening tool to assess mothers for depression at well-child visits in a pediatric clinic. Mothers were asked to fill out the screening tool as part of their child’s well-child appointments newborn through 6-months of age. Over 9-weeks, 97 mothers out of a possible 98 completed the screening tool with 25% screening positive for possible postpartum depression. The adherence rate of the staff was 100% over the course of 9-weeks. Providers and nurses at the clinic embraced the project and have now started adding the screening to 9-month old well-child visits. Screening for postpartum depression in a pediatric clinic is appropriate, effective, and should be part of standard protocol for well-child visits.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Postpartum depression -- Diagnosis
Medical screening
Postnatal care


Includes bibliographical references (pages 36-42)



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