Pregnancy Outcomes

Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Reproductive eAge Women: Valproic Acid and Topiramate Commonly Used

There have long been concerns regarding the safety of the anticonvulsant valproic acid (Depakote) during pregnancy.  Back in 2009, the American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society recommended against the use of valproic acid [...]

Perinatal Depression: How Do We Define High Risk? (Part 1)

In 2016, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression; the task force has extended those recommendations by stating that all pregnant [...]

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 [...]