Implementing Guidelines to Manage Perinatal Depression: Exploration of the Healthcare Provider’s Perceptions




depression, implementation, perinatal depression, perinatal period, perinatal guidelines


Perinatal mental health guidelines are still lacking in more than 80% of low- and middle-income countries. World Health Organization has outlined the importance of an evidence-informed approach for developing and sustaining high-quality integrated mental health services for women during the perinatal period.

Method: The study explored healthcare providers' perceptions of implementing guidelines to manage perinatal depression in primary healthcare settings in Namibia. A qualitative, explorative, descriptive, and contextual design was applied to collect data from a purposively selected sample of 12 healthcare providers. This involved two focus groups with healthcare providers. Thematic analysis of the interview transcripts was conducted simultaneously with data collection.

Findings: The study highlighted three major themes for successfully implementing the guidelines to manage perinatal depression: the significance of implementing the guidelines, integration of the guidelines into perinatal care settings, and barriers to implementing the guidelines.

Conclusion: Healthcare providers were aware of poor maternal mental health provision within perinatal care settings and were ready to implement the guidelines to manage perinatal depression. Professional training and continuous education on perinatal depression are fundamental components in fostering quality of care and community awareness, as well as improving stigma within the community and healthcare providers.


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How to Cite

Hatupopi, Saara, Hellena Nuumbosho, and Matride Amwaalanga. “Implementing Guidelines to Manage Perinatal Depression: Exploration of the Healthcare Provider’s Perceptions”. New Voices in Psychology, 18 pages.



Received 2024-02-13
Accepted 2024-03-22
Published 2024-04-24