Cindy-Lee Dennis

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Peer support, and the integration of peer relationships in the provision of health care, is a concept of substantial significance to health scientists and practitioners today, as the focus shifts from the treatment of disease to health promotion. If the nursing profession is to effectively incorporate peer relationships into support-enhancing interventions(More)
BACKGROUND Postpartum depression is a serious condition for women after childbirth. Although its etiology is unclear, one potentially important predictive variable that has received little attention is maternal sleep deprivation. The objective of this study was to examine relationships among infant sleep patterns, maternal fatigue, and the development of(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the well-documented risk factors and health consequences of postpartum depression, it often remains undetected and untreated. No study has comprehensively examined postpartum depression help-seeking barriers, and very few studies have specifically examined the acceptability of postpartum depression treatment approaches. The objective of(More)
BACKGROUND Postpartum depression is a major health issue for many women from diverse cultures. While pharmacological interventions are an effective treatment for depression, mothers are often reluctant to take antidepressant medication due to concerns about breast milk transmission or potential side-effects. It is important that non-pharmacologic(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the literature on breastfeeding initiation and duration and to delineate effective strategies for promoting positive breastfeeding behaviors. DATA SOURCES Computerized searches on MEDLINE, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library. STUDY SELECTION Articles from indexed journals relevant to the objective and published after 1990 (except for(More)
OBJECTIVE Depression often remains undertreated during pregnancy and there is growing evidence that untoward perinatal outcomes can result. Our systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to determine whether maternal depression during pregnancy is associated with adverse perinatal and infant outcomes. DATA SOURCES MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of telephone based peer support in the prevention of postnatal depression. DESIGN Multisite randomised controlled trial. SETTING Seven health regions across Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS 701 women in the first two weeks postpartum identified as high risk for postnatal depression with the Edinburgh postnatal(More)
CONTEXT The negative health consequences of postpartum depression are well documented, as are the benefits of breastfeeding. Despite the detailed research related to these maternal and infant health outcomes, the relationship between maternal mood and breastfeeding remains equivocal. OBJECTIVE A qualitative systematic review was conducted to examine the(More)
Researchers have found evidence that breastfeeding self-efficacy is an important variable that significantly influences initiation and duration rates. The purpose of this study was to develop a multi-factorial predictive model of breastfeeding self-efficacy in the first week postpartum. As part of a longitudinal study, a population-based sample of 522(More)
BACKGROUND Postpartum depression is a major health issue for many women around the world with well-documented negative health consequences for the mother, child and family. While research has demonstrated the amenability of postpartum depression to treatment, there is preliminary evidence suggesting maternal mood in the immediate postpartum period may be(More)