Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Deborah Schuhmacher


Postpartum depression (PPD) is a pregnancy complication that affects the mother, her infant, and her partner relationship. All mothers are at risk for PPD; therefore, it is important for all expectant mothers and their support systems to be provided with PPD education during their prenatal care. Due to lack of knowledge and self-efficacy among prenatal nurses, PPD education for expectant mothers and their support systems is not occuring. A PPD education module for prenatal nurses was developed to increase PPD knowledge and self-efficacy. Prenatal nurses will have an increase in knowledge, which will increase their self-efficacy. This will promote PPD education among all expectant mothers and their support system. Newman's Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness and her concepts of true presence and therapeutic nurse-patient relationship guided the development of a PPD educational module for prenatal nurses. A conceptual model was created to metaphorically represent Newman's principles and concepts. A proposed implementation process for the PPD educational module was discussed, along with an evaluation process. Nursing practice implications were identified and project next steps were discussed.


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