This article is intended for OB/GYNs, primary care providers, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, pediatricians, and behavioral health providers
One out of seven new mothers struggles with postpartum depression, which can affect their behavior and physical health. Of the women who screen positive for the condition, 78 percent don't receive behavioral health treatment.
Early detection and treatment are important to preserving the well-being of both the mother and baby. Once detected, about 90 percent of women who have postpartum depression can be treated with medication or psychotherapy. Because women who have struggled with the condition are more likely to go through it again in following pregnancies, it’s best to treat symptoms as soon as possible.
We spoke to mothers and experts who agree that building awareness is the first step to improving outcomes for new mothers and their families. See their experience with postpartum depression: A helping hand for new moms.
We'd like to remind you about behavioral health resources available to help our new mothers get the help they need.