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: En litteraturstudie om upplevelser av postpartum depression hos förstagångsföderskor

Translated title of the thesis: When motherhood becomes a burden: A literature review on experiences of postpartum depression in first-time mothers
  • Ellinor Hagelborg
  • Kia Leveau Johansen

Student thesis: Bachelor


Background: Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious illness that affects women
after childbirth. The nurse plays a crucial role in identifying, managing and
treating PPD where person-centered care can help give women more control and
involvement in their care and treatment. By applying a person-centered care
model, the nurse can help women manage PPD and promote a healthy recovery
after childbirth. Aim: The aim was to describe the experience of postpartum depression in firsttime mothers Method: A general literature review based on qualitative articles where the analysis method followed Friberg’s three-step analysis. Result: The analysis resulted in two main categories; Maternal role, Body ideal, and five subcategories; Expectation and reality, Failure, Support Self-perception and self-esteem and Social influences. Discussion: The method is discussed based on Shenton’s concept of credibility. The following three findings are highlighted: Unrealistic expectations regarding motherhood, Breastfeeding and Language difficulties. The findings are discussed based on Eriksson’s nursing theory and from societal perspective. The literature review can be of importance to everyone who encounters affected individuals and their relatives living with PPD, as well as increase the knowledge of nurses to identify, manage and treat PPD.
Conclusion: The literature review revealed that PPD is a serious illness that
affects many new mothers and can have a negative impact on both the mother’s
and the child’s healtj, as well on other family members. By increasing awareness
about this condition, healthcare professionals can offer support and treatment,
thereby reducing the consequences of the illness.
Date of Award2023-May
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorViktor Johansson (Supervisor) & Ann-Christine Andersson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Study Programme in Nursing

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nursing (30305)

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