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What is the Edinburgh scale?

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What is the Edinburgh scale?

Nearly every woman imagines life with a new baby will go a certain way. They know there will probably be lots of diapers, laundry, and baby bottle sterilization - and very few restful nights. But one thing that most moms-to-be don’t imagine is how they’ll be on the lookout for conditions like postpartum depression.

Difficulties with diagnosing

Your provider will probably tell you all about the symptoms and risks associated with postpartum depression so that you can identify it should it start to develop. At the latest, your healthcare provider will probably evaluate you for postpartum depression at your post-delivery checkup, around 6 to 8 weeks after delivery, though some providers will administer an evaluation sooner. They may do this evaluation using the Edinburgh scale, a series of questions designed to identify postpartum depression. They may also use another evaluation tool, like the PHQ-9, or simply evaluate you by asking a series of questions. 

But you may not necessarily be on the lookout for signs of postpartum depression, especially during one of the most exciting experiences of your life. This is why it’s so important to screen for postpartum depression; it can easily go under the radar in the months following delivery. 

There are a number of reasons why postpartum depression can be hard to pin down.

Because of these reasons, it’s extremely useful to screen for postpartum depression. Healthcare professionals commonly use the Edinburgh scale as a tool for screening.

The Edinburgh scale

This is a test for women who are pregnant, or, more commonly, those who have recently delivered a baby. It’s used to determine whether or not a woman may have or be at risk for postpartum depression. Here are some details about the scale itself, and when you might find yourself taking it.

Postpartum depression has a huge impact on the quality of a woman’s life, and at a time when she needs all the mental and physical strength that she can get. The Edinburgh scale is a tool that providers can use to determine which new mothers might need treatment for postpartum depression. It doesn’t give an official diagnosis of postpartum depression, but it can detect PPD symptoms and help point healthcare providers and new mothers in the right direction.


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