Health Careers Journal

Category — Women’s Health

Public Health Nurses – Treating Postpartum Depression

Guest Article by Erika Krull

Postpartum depression affects hundreds of thousands of women each year, but only a small percentage of them seek treatment. It is a significant health threat, and only the tip of the iceberg is visible to the general society. So who is best able bridge the gap between silent suffering and proper treatment? Public health nurses are trained to see this kind of health threat and to put plans into action.

Public health nurses play a pivotal role in the treatment of postpartum depression because of their unique vision. They view health problems in the context of a whole population. Public health nurses gather data so they can identify the effect postpartum depression has on a population of women. Once they have enough information, they are able to plan effective treatment options for the community.

Fortunately, public health nurses are well equipped to help women with postpartum depression. Carol Isaac is a registered nurse and consultant with the Public Health Association of Nebraska. She states that, “Public health nurses are involved in their communities. People know who they are and can trust them.” Carol says that they are a prime position to deliver important information to postpartum mothers.

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January 25, 2008   1 Comment