post natal depression

Report that presents new research from 4Children that shows that many families are suffering the consequences of postnatal depression in silence; that if and when they do seek help mothers are not getting the swift access to the range of treatment options they need; and that this is having a detrimental impact on families across Britain.

The Mellow Babies intervention was designed to develop close attunement between the mother and the child using a combination of baby-massage, interaction coaching and infant focused speech.

A waiting-list-controlled evaluation of the Mellow Babies intervention is described.

The objectives were to measure change in maternal depressive symptoms and the quality of interaction between mothers and babies. Recruitment was less than had been hoped, but for those mothers who completed the group, feedback from referrers and participants was positive.