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MANENTE, Milena Valelongo  and  RODRIGUES, Olga Maria Piazentin Rolim. Motherhood and Work: Association with Postnatal Depression, Support Available and Marital Satisfaction. Pensando fam. [online]. 2016, vol.20, n.1, pp. 99-111. ISSN 1679-494X.

We investigated, among working mothers, aspects related to rights, relationship between couples, social support, prevalence of postpartum depression and its relationship with the variables studied. A total of 30 first-time-mothers with babies from two to six months took part. The instruments used were: Postpartum Depression Scale of Edinburgh and an interview protocol. Data showed that during the gestational phase, participants were unaware of maternal and child protection policies, but acknowledged the presence of social support, especially the fellow and mother. Depressive symptoms prevailed among 13.3% of mothers. Associations between DPP and emotional health during pregnancy (p = 0.008); lack of assistance (p = 0.026) and intention of returning to work (p = 0.001) were confirmed. Satisfaction with social support available and preservation of marital satisfaction were observed. The results show the importance of psychological care for women during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as information about their rights.

Keywords : working mothers; postnatal depression; social support; relationship between couples.

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