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Postpartum depression (PPD) may impair the mother-infant relationship and lead to both short and long-term suboptimal development of the baby. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a targeted intervention (HUGS: Happiness Understanding Giving and Sharing) for enhancing the mother-infant relationship.


Clinical Trial Description

Post-partum depression (PPD) is the most common psychological pathology following childbirth and affects 12% of women in France. This pathology may impair the mother-infant relationship and lead to suboptimal development of the baby in the short and long-term. The prevalence of early interaction disorders is estimated at 73% among women suffering from PPD. Although treatments for PDD are effective, the mother-infant interaction remains impaired, as well as the short, medium and long-term development of the child. It is therefore essential to develop at a very early stage an intervention specifically targeting the mother-infant interaction, and to integrate this care into the general care given to mothers suffering from PPD. A short cognitive-behavioural therapy intervention focused on improving the quality of the mother-infant relationship (the HUGS program: Happiness, Understanding, Giving and Sharing) has been created and validated by Prof. Jeannette Milgrom's Australian team. The objective of our study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the HUGS programme compared to a Playtime control group using a randomised controlled trial in a population of women suffering from PPD and being cared for in 7 French maternity hospitals (Toulouse UHC, Joseph Ducuing Maternity Ward, Toulouse Child Guidance Centre, Reims UHC, Rouen UHC, Le Havre Hospital Group). The comparison will be made 6 months after intervention initiation using "Factor 1: Mother Positive Affective Involvement and Verbalization" of the PCERA (Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment) mother-child interaction evaluation scale. ;


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NCT number NCT05209789
Study type Interventional
Source University Hospital, Toulouse
Contact Carole GENTILLEAU, MD
Phone 33-5 61 77 13 15
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date May 2023
Completion date December 2024

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