Help Moms with Postpartum Depression
Providing psychiatric support with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for mothers with postpartum depression can result in healthy changes in the brains of babies, according to a study done by McMaster University. More specifically, after the mothers’ treatment, their infants showed healthy changes in their nervous and cardiovascular systems, and they were observed to better regulate their behaviours and emotions by both mothers and fathers. For the study, 40 infants of women diagnosed with postpartum depression were matched with 40 infants of non-depressed mothers on infant age, gender, and socioeconomic status. The infants were all tested before the CBT treatment and nine weeks later, including a questionnaire on the infant behaviour completed by the mother and her partner.