Postpartum Depression in Saudi Arabia

Postpartum depression or illness is a mental condition that occurs immediately after childbirth, and if untreated, it can continue for a longer time. The disorder begins within the first week of childbirth and can continue up to one year (Al Nasr et al., 2020). The disease’s most prevalent symptoms are loss of appetitive insomnia, intense irritability, and difficulty bonding with the child. When expectant mothers experience antepartum depression, they put their children at risk during childbirth or postpartum (Al Nasr et al., 2020). Alipour et al. (2018) elucidate that PPD is paramount to mothers’ well-being and supports providing a suitable environment for the mothers.

Postpartum Depression in KSA

Middle-East nations, such as KSA and the United Arab Emirates, might have lower risk levels of the disease. This is because they have one of the world’s highest economic levels (Al‐Subaie et al., 2020). Despite having a higher median of 4% among some Arabs, the prevention median is low compared to other developed economies such as the UK and the US with a median of 6% (Al Nasr et al., 2020).

Provision of Maternal Healthcare in Antenatal and Postnatal Period for Women in Saudi Arabia

The developed nations have better infrastructure and living conditions that support the healthcare systems towards prevention and provision of quality care among patients with postpartum. Apart from infrastructure, the developed nations have developed a better policy that meets the WHO. Such include, provide building more hospital facilities that meet the standards and increasing training and professional staff (Carlisle, 2018). For this reason, Saleh et al. (2020) indicate that KSA can provide quality pre-and postnatal care for mothers. Thus, making it easier to prevent the prevalence of the disorders among women.

The government has instituted policy regulations that promote the better provision of quality healthcare for all mothers before and after childbirth. As a result promoting postpartum reduction such as mandatory checkups during pre and postnatal care (Carlisle, 2018).
From another perspective, data illustrates that a higher percentage of KSA caregivers are not aware of the medical skills required to provide skilled care for the mothers (Saleh et al., 2020).

Like the caregivers, a higher percentage of mothers are not aware of the care they are needed to observe to prevent the negative effects of PPD. The research notes that disparities exist between midwives and nurses.  With nurses having a higher ratio of those who possess the right skills to care for PPD. Besides, the data illustrates that the caregivers and mothers do not include the necessary knowledge to detect PPD (Saleh et al., 2020). This has resulted in the progression of the disease.




Write about the social view of motherhood in SA ( what look like in SA)

Professional views on motherhood.

Personal (moms) views on motherhood.

Wide society (culture) view on motherhood.

Furthermore, write about the structure of antenatal care in SA. (what look like in SA)

Write about prenatal mental health issues.(e.g., depression, anxiety,  stress and eating disorders in USA or UK and with SA, how can access the services)

Write about health care provider regulation competency in mental health in SA. ( what the education is about mental health, how can assess the psychological issues?)

Diagnostics criteria for depression and classification of diseases.

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