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Fluvoxamine and Pregnancy: Is There a Right Choice?

  Every day, we see women in our clinic who are deciding whether to continue a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) for management of depression or anxiety during pregnancy. As a class, SSRI use during pregnancy is generally not associated with a significant overall risk for major congenital malformations. While we often do think about SSRIs […]

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Event: Perinatal Mental Health Awareness & Advocacy Day 2018

For those in the Boston area, this Wednesday May 9th is Perinatal Mental Health Awareness & Advocacy Day 2018.  This event will be held at the Great Hall, Massachusetts State House at 24 Beacon St. in Boston from 12PM to 3PM.  This is a free event for all who are interested in promoting awareness of perinatal […]

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Fetal exposure to depression: How does ‘dose’ figure in?

The following post was first published in OB/GYN News. Please see our OB/GYN News archives here. Publish date: April 23, 2018 The last two decades have seen an ever-growing number of reports on risks of fetal exposure to medicines used to treat depression during pregnancy. These reports have described issues ranging from estimated risk of congenital malformations following […]

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May 2nd is World Maternal Mental Health Day

And it’s also Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (April 30 to May 4).  Many different organizations around the world are coming together to increase awareness of and decrease the stigma surrounding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.   Postpartum Support International The theme for World Maternal Mental Health Day 2018 is “Listen to Mothers.”Together with organizations […]

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In Brief: ACOG Recommends Increased Level of Care During the “Fourth Trimester”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has made a significant change to its recommendations for optimal postpartum care.  Previously, ACOG has recommended that women receive a single, comprehensive postpartum visit within the first 6 weeks after giving birth. In a new Committee Opinion, published online in Obstetrics & Gynecology, ACOG has made a […]

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Prenatal SSRI Exposure, Untreated Maternal Depression and the Amygdala

We have, over the last twenty years, seen many studies assessing the risks associated with prenatal exposure to antidepressants.  For the serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs), we have a fairly large body of data regarding the prevalence of major malformations in children prenatally exposed to these antidepressants; however, we have considerably less data on the effects […]

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One in Four Pregnant Women Suffers from Psychiatric Illness: How Can We Identify and Support Them?

  The title of the following article did not grab my attention; however, I discovered that this study, entitled Accuracy of the Whooley questions and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in identifying depression and other mental disorders in early pregnancy published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, has some incredibly important findings. First of all, […]

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Announcing the MGH Perinatal Depression Scale (MGHPDS) Mobile App Now Available for Android

  Following the release of the MGH Perinatal Depression Scale (MGHPDS) on the App Store this past August, we are pleased to announce that the MGHPDS is now available for Android devices on the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.womensmentalhealth.mghpds The MGHPDS smartphone app includes digital versions of perinatal depression screening tools including the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression […]

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Fetal Alcohol Disorders More Common Tnan Previously Thought

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a constellation of disorders resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol; the manifestations include birth defects, developmental disabilities, and neurological and behavioral problems. Prenatal alcohol exposure is the most common preventable cause of birth defects, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are the most commonly identifiable causes of developmental delays […]

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Perinatal Suicide: Highest Risk Occurs at 9 to 12 Months Postpartum

  Even as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders have garnered more attention over the past several years, the most feared consequence of these disorders, suicide, remains a phenomenon that requires greater understanding. While suicide is a leading cause of death in perinatal women, suicide during pregnancy or the postpartum period is often underreported and under-researched. […]

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