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Postpartum depression: a guide for healthcare providers

The purpose of this workshop is to increase both health providers' and their patients' awareness of postpartum depression. Providing awareness to health providers is the starting point to providing much needed treatment and relief of a silent and debilitating disorder. The material is laid out in PowerPoint format and serves as a guideline for intervention and treatment. It is imperative that healthcare providers work in a collaborative effort to treat antenatal and postpartum depression. It is estimated that 950,00 women suffer form postpartum depression each year, yet it is hardly recognized by providers (postpartumprogress.com, 2010). This major health concern deserves the same attention as other serious health conditions. Although in recent times men have begun to share the load of responsibilities that encompass parenting and raising a family, women are still considered the primary caregivers. This may be especially true during an infant's first year of life.

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