• Monthly Archives: October 2008

    Identifying Postpartum Depression: A Three Question Screening Tool

    While postpartum depression is common among new mothers, our ability to reliably detect this illness remains poor.  Recent studies have indicated that most obstetricians report that they screen for postpartum psychiatric problems at routine follow-up visits but typically do not use standardized instruments to assess for postpartum depression.  Unfortunately, studies which have measured the success of routine screening suggest that without the use of standardized screening tools like the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, many women with postpartum depression are not identified.

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Following Childbirth

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after childbirth is an understudied condition. Traditionally, much of the data have been based on case reports, indicating that PTSD can occur following a range of childbirth and child loss situations, including long or complicated labor, severe pain with labor or delivery, cesarean section, and unanticipated pregnancy outcome, such as child loss, miscarriage or infant birth defects. PTSD related to childbirth is frequently overlooked by physicians; the relative newness of the diagnosis and lack of literature on this topic are factors which may hinder recognition of this disorder.

    Last week to vote for our blog in the Blogger’s Choice Awards!

    Our blog has been nominated for Best Health Blog in the 2008 Blogger's Choice Awards.  Please vote and show your support -  our hope is that being voted one of the top blogs in the health field will introduce more people to the important issues in perinatal and reproductive psychiatry.  We are currently one of the top 15 health blogs - help us make it to the top 10!

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