Module 7 Discussion: Peripartum Onset Depression Assignment

The transition to motherhood is not always a smooth process. According to Postpartum Support International, Postpartum Depression (PPD), also known as Peripartum Onset, is the most common complication of childbirth, yet it is rarely talked about.

STEP 1: Watch the TedxTalk, “Why We All Need to Talk About Postpartum Depression.”

STEP 2: Read an article on peripartum depression, such as this one. Look for additional relevant articles and information.

STEP 3: Create a poster or infographic that addresses signs, symptoms, and treatment related to peripartum depression. This can be done as a powerpoint slide, or using a program of your choice, such as Canva or PiktoChart. Include appropriate citations and references in your post.

The following is an example infographic from the CDC on maternal depression.

Next, share your creation with the world so that others can benefit from your work! Using either Flickr or Wikimedia Commons, upload your finished product and publish it so that other sociology instructors and students can use and reference your work. Although not required, we strongly recommend uploading and releasing your work with a Creative Commons license.

STEP 4: In an essay (400-500 words), respond to the following

  • Summarize the TED talk, emphasizing the speaker’s main points
  • What did you find most interesting about the presenter’s experiences and what will you most likely remember from the talk?
  • From your research, what are the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and why do you think so many women are hesitant to share their stories?
  • What would you say to a friend or family member who was experiencing postpartum depression?

STEP 5: Submit your poster and essay into the discussion forum. Be sure to include references in your submission.

Grading Rubric

Criteria Excellent (Exceeds Standards) Good (Occasionally Exceeds) Acceptable (Meets Standards) Unacceptable (Below Standards) Points
Peripartum Onset Depression Content


Strong presentation of key issues related to peripartum depression. Specific theme and connecting ideas evident. Conveys topic of peripartum depression. General theme is clear. Conveys topic of peripartum depression. General theme is present. Does not adequately convey peripartum depression. Lacks adequate theme to addressing peripartum depression. _/8

Superior use of visual graphics to convey important points related to the topic.


Generally easy to identify main points visually, and useful graphics present to highlight important points.


Some use of visuals to display information, but layout is confusing or without clear connections.


No attempt at presenting information in a creative manner. Project lacks visual cohesion.

Essay and Support All material clearly related to topic. Strong organization and integration of material. Very clear connections between ideas.

Strong sources well selected to support the topic

All material clearly related to topic and logically organized. Connections between ideas are organized and mostly clear.

Sources well selected to support the topic

Most material clearly related to main topic. Material may not be organized. Connections between ideas are hard to identify.

Sources generally acceptable.

Little evidence material is logically organized into topic. Connections between ideas are unclear.

Few or no supporting sources for topic.

Grammar & Mechanics The paper is free of grammatical errors and spelling & punctuation. Grammatical errors or spelling & punctuation are rare and do not detract from the paper. Very few grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors interfere with reading the paper. Grammatical errors or spelling & punctuation substantially detract from the paper. __/3
Total: _/25