Pregnancy Outcomes

Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Rates Rising: Opioid Abuse and Psychiatric Illness Play a Role

Pregnancy-associated mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the termination of pregnancy, is increasing in Massachusetts.  In 2012, there were 30.4 deaths/100,000 live births. In 2014, the [...]

In Brief: Mothers with Affective Illness (Even In Remission) Have Deficits in Emotional Processing

We have long known that postpartum depression may have negative effects on the child and may contribute to deficits in social development and emotional regulation.  Exactly what mediates these effects is not so clear; however, [...]

No Increased Risk of Autism in Children Prenatally Exposed to Commonly Used Antidepressants

Concerns regarding a link between antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism emerged when two epidemiologic studies demonstrated an association between prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) with an increased risk of autism [...]

New Research from the CWMH: Quetiapine (Seroquel) and Pregnancy Data from the National Registry

The newer “atypical” or second-generation antipsychotic agents are now used  to treat a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, PTSD and other anxiety disorders.  The National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics [...]

Valproic Acid: Highlighting Risk and Modifying Prescribing Patterns in Reproductive Age Women

For clinicians who have not yet discovered the incredibly thoughtful and clinically practical monthly articles from Chittaranjan Andrade in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, it’s time to take a look.  (Not only are these articles [...]

Predictors for New-Onset Severe Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders

A history of maternal psychiatric illness has been linked to postpartum depression (PPD), but this does not account for all instances of postpartum psychiatric illness. A recent study examined the impact of medical complications during [...]

Father’s Involvement and Early Infant Neurodevelopment: The Mediating Role of Maternal Parenting Stress

It is fairly well-known that interactions between parents and children are associated with improved developmental outcomes in children.  Previous research has primarily focused on how maternal rather than paternal involvement influences infant neurodevelopment.  A recent [...]