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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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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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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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Worse Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with More Chronic Depressive Symptoms

Over the last decade we have seen multiple studies which have demonstrated an association between the use of antidepressants during pregnancy and increased risk of certain adverse outcomes, including preterm birth and low birth weight. But we have also seen quite a few studies which suggest that untreated maternal depression or anxiety may contribute to […]

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How Can We Ensure that Women with Perinatal Depression Get Treatment?

  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) now recommends screening for perinatal depression, stating that “clinicians screen patients at least once during the perinatal period for depression and anxiety symptoms using a standard, validated tool.” Having the backing of ACOG is certainly a big step in the right direction.  But as we move […]

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Sacramento: What Can We Learn from a New Mother’s Experience of Postpartum Care?

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of coverage of a story involving a new mother from Sacramento.  You can read the details of the story here and here.  Basically, a new mother, Jessica, came to see her obstetrician with her 4-month old baby, explaining, “That I have postpartum depression that is […]

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History of Stillbirth Increases Risk for Depression, Anxiety During Subsequent Pregnancies

  Perinatal loss is a traumatic event for women and their families.  While we clearly understand the potential for perinatal loss to cause significant emotional consequences, we have relatively little data on the prevalence of anxiety and depressive illness in this population of women. A recent study surveyed 609 women who had experienced a stillbirth […]

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It’s OK to Throw Away Some of Those Baby Advice Books

When I meet with mothers of new babies, I often spend a fair amount of time delving into their beliefs about parenting and what they perceive as the “right” way to care for their new baby.  Granted, most of the new mothers I see suffer from depression or anxiety, but I can also look to […]

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How Are We Doing: What Happens to Women Who Screen Positive for Postpartum Depression?

  Postpartum depression (PPD) screening has been increasingly implemented not only in obstetric, but also in primary care and pediatric settings, over the past decade.  While there is a growing appreciation for the prevalence of PPD and an understanding of the debilitating effects it can have if not treated, few studies have investigated the course […]

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