Protocol for the Northern babies longitudinal study: predicting postpartum depression and improving parent–infant interaction with The Newborn Behavioral Observation
AuthorHøifødt, Ragnhild Sørensen; Nordahl, Dag; Pfuhl, Gerit; Landsem, Inger Pauline; Thimm, Jens; Ilstad, Linn Kathrin K.; Wang, Catharina Elisabeth Arfwedson
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a prevalent disorder. Studying the factors related to PPD will help to identify families at risk and provide preventive interventions. This can in turn improve the developmental trajectories for the children. Several previous studies have investigated risk factors for PPD. However, few studies have focused on cognitive vulnerability factors. The first aim of the present study is to explore a range of protective and risk factors, including cognitive factors, for PPD, parent–infant interactions and child development. The second aim of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of The Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) as a universal preventive intervention delivered in routine practice. The NBO is a brief relationshipenhancing intervention that may reduce depressive symptomatology in mothers.