Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines


  9.0 Nurses provide supportive weekly interactions and ongoing assessment focusing on mental health needs of postpartum mothers experiencing depressive symptoms.

10.0 Nurses facilitate opportunities for the provision of peer support for postpartum mothers with depressive symptoms.


11.0 Nurses facilitate the involvement of partners and family members in the provision of care for postpartum mothers experiencing depressive symptoms, as appropriate.

12.0 Nurses promote self-care activities among new mothers to assist in alleviating depressive symptoms during the postpartum period.

13.0 Nurses consult appropriate resources for current and accurate information before educating mothers with depressive symptoms about psychotropic medications