Women who have experienced low mood or depression during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth (within the last five years) are invited to participate in a PhD study:
I would like to hear your fairly recent (within the last 5 years) experiences of low mood or depression during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth (perinatal period), and any care that you may have received.
Why is this research important?
About one in ten women suffer from depression during pregnancy or after childbirth. Depression during this period can affect not only the woman but also her partner and children. Evidence suggests that although women have regular contact with health professionals, they do not tend to disclose their feelings and, therefore, perinatal depression often remains undiagnosed. Among those whose depression is detected and treated, few receive evidence-based treatments. It is an important issue to address due to the high prevalence of perinatal depression and impact on women, children and partners. Therefore, this study aims to understand the provision of care for women with perinatal low mood or depression and help them to explore the use of a talking therapy for treatment.
Your participation and sharing your story may help others in the future.
Who can take part in the study?
Women: * Aged 18+ * Have felt or have been diagnosed with low mood or depression during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth * Whose youngest child is between 1 – 5 years old * Who no longer experiences depression symptoms * Living in York, Harrogate or Hull
What does participation in the study involve?
You will be asked to take part in an interview, which would be audio recorded and last for no more than 60min. You can choose a private and convenient location for the interview. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed and as a thank you gift for your time, a £20 One4all gift card will be presented. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. Your participation would be anonymous and your identity will be kept strictly confidential.
How can I participate in this study?
For more information or to take part, please contact me (PhD student Semra Pinar) on telephone: 07729 070393 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will give you more details about the study and then you can decide whether you would like to receive an information pack (includes participant information sheets, consent forms, demographics form, contact details sheet and a pre-paid stamped-addressed return envelope) by post. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time, even during the interview without giving reason for withdrawing.