Research

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Effect of peer support on prevention of postnatal depression among high risk women: multisite randomised controlled trial (BMJ 2009;338:a3064)
Reports on a trial in Canada to evaluate the effectiveness of telephone based peer support in the prevention of postnatal depression. It was found that telephone based peer support may be effective in preventing postnatal depression among women at high risk.

Mums4Mums study

Could peer supporters be a solution to postnatal depression? (Prevention Action, 10 November 2011)
Article discussing research being carried out at Warwick University into whether a telephone peer-support intervention called Mums4Mums reduces depressive symptoms in mothers experiencing post natal depression.

Find out more about the Mums4Mums research on the Current Controlled Trials site or by visiting theMentoring + Befriending Foundation.