The primary question of this systematic review is to assess the effectiveness of psychosocial support provided by midwives on mental health of mothers in postpartum period compared usual perinatal support for maternal mental health disorders without the elements of psychosocial support.
The review will consider studies that include women during perinatal period. The review will consider women regardless of age, race and ethnicity. The review will exclude studies where more than a year has elapsed since the delivery of the child.
This review will consider studies that evaluate the psychosocial support or psychoeducation provided by midwives for the pregnant women or for the mothers in postpartum period. This review considers those studies where the intervention of psychosocial support is designed to help individuals cope or to alleviate distress. These interventions are services which may vary from mental health counselling, psychoeducation, and group support to spiritual support and other psychosocial assistance.
The comparator is usual perinatal support for maternal mental health disorders without the elements of psychosocial support.
The primary outcome of the review will be postpartum depression. The secondary outcomes will be postpartum depressive symptoms, maternal anxiety and quality of life. These outcomes will be measured by any validated tools.