Mariah Grange, Lauren Wake | Infant Hearing and Postpartum Depression/Anxiety Screening: An Inter-Professional Approach

Abstract: Postpartum depression (PPD) is a condition that people know little about. One in every seven women experience PPD postnatally. Health professionals and family members may be unaware of specific signs, symptoms, red flags, and risk factors that occur with PPD. In the United States, mothers do not usually see their primary doctor until about six weeks after giving birth. This means that for many of these mothers with PPD, they could potentially be going up to six weeks without receiving any care for their depression. Before COVID-19, our original study was to identify mothers who may be experiencing PPD during their infant's follow-up hearing appointment, and guide them to seek help. The second goal was to educate other health professions on the importance of screening mothers for PPD. Due to COVID-19 we continued with the Inter-Professional Education Event (IPE) portion of our original project, which included other professions in the College of Health.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lynn Bielski, Ph.D., CCC-A

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology