Pregnancy and maternal health

Process Evaluation of a Peer-led Antenatal Breastfeeding Class for Fathers: Perceptions of Facilitators and Participants. Kuliukas L, Hauck YL, Jorgensen A, Kneebone K, Burns SK, Maycock BR, Scott JA. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019;19(1):48,

Breastfeeding education classes for fathers by fathers provides an interactive environment which assists understanding the value and importance of breastfeeding.

New mothers and postpartum depression: a narrative review of peer support intervention studies

This literature review provides examples of the effectiveness of peer support for mothers with postpartum depression (PPD). Although the results were mixed, they provide insights into how peer support volunteers can be an innovative part of a team approach to PPD intervention. The examples provided are brief.

Peer support for breastfeeding continuation: an overview of research

This article summarises the findings of key reviews relevant to breastfeeding peer support interventions that aim to enable breastfeeding continuation in the UK. The discussion highlights findings relevant to policy makers, practitioners and representatives of voluntary agencies seeking to interpret the current evidence base and to design or deliver models of support that are effective and acceptable to mothers. It includes a summation of discussion points including on the evidence for effectiveness, design factors and what mothers want.

Peer support for breastfeeding: guidance for Scotland

This guidance about peer support for breastfeeding mothers is intended to inform professionals in Scottish Health Boards and voluntary sector agencies with responsibility for local breastfeeding support about the most up-to-date policies and evidence related to breastfeeding peer support. The resource lists evidence from systematic reviews as well as randomised controlled trials (RCTs) on the effectiveness of peer support. The resource looks at asset-based approaches to health improvement as well as national policy documents before providing evaluation recommendations.

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