Peer Support Interventions for Perinatal Depression

A peer support intervention is defined as “the provision of emotional assistance (e.g., attentive listening), appraisal assistance (communication of information that is pertinent to self-evaluation), and informational assistance (provision of knowledge relevant to problem-solving) by a created social network member who possesses experiential knowledge of a specific behavior or stressor and similar characteristics as the target population.” (Huang et al,  2020). 

In a recent review, Huang and colleagues review the effectiveness and feasibility of peer support interventions in pregnant and postpartum populations. Ten randomized controlled trials were included in the analysis, with a total of 3064 participants (1468 in the peer-delivered intervention groups and 1596 controls).

The content of interventions provided by peers focused primarily on four types of support, including informational (e.g., information about postpartum depression), emotional (e.g., listening), affirmational (e.g., support aimed at promoting self-esteem and self-confidence), and practical (e.g., child care advice) delivered in different settings.

Can Exercise Help Tinnitus or Can It Make It Worse?

If you suffer from tinnitus, you know how frustrating and even debilitating it can be. That ringing in your ears can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, concentrating at work, and enjoying time with your family and friends.

While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are things you can do to manage the symptoms and make them more bearable. One of those things is exercise. However, while some people believe that exercise can help with tinnitus, others think that it might make it worse. In this blog post, we will take a look at the research on this topic and try to answer the question once and for all.

man exercising

What is tinnitus and what causes it?

Tinnitus is a condition that affects millions of people all over the world. It is characterized by a ringing, buzzing, or hissing noise that only the person with tinnitus can hear.

What You May Have Missed Last Week – December 12, 2021

CONTRACEPTION

The Series 8 Apple Watch will feature a temperature sensor that can help keep track of ovulation and other health data. (CNBC)

However, the Apple Watch’s fertility tracking feature may not be the best form of birth control. (The Verge)

POST-ROE REALITY

After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, medical care for pregnant women with cancer has become far more complicated in certain states. (New York Times)

Concerned over what the Supreme Court might overturn next, the House passed a bill protecting access to birth control. (Axios)

PREGNANCY

Acupuncture may help to relieve low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy

How long to wait after miscarriage? No increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes in pregnancies conceived within 3 months vs. 6 to 11 months after miscarriage or abortion. (PLOS Medicine).

Among women with a previous cesarean section, those who underwent vaginal delivery after cesarean (VBAC) were more likely