Some much to read, so little time.

New data on suicide and overdose in new moms.  What can legislation do to improve maternal mental health?

In the US, some moms need to return to work two weeks after childbirth.  Why can’t we get support for paid family leave?

Menopause preparedness: Guidelines for educating patients and providers on menopause.

Long-term beneficial effects of breastfeeding for moms.

And of course more news on COVID.

Read more about these topics below.


PERINATAL PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS

Death by suicide or overdose is a leading cause of death for women in the first year after having a child. (WebMD)

What is the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth? Adrienne Griffen discusses maternal mental health.  (New Security Beat)

The new movie “A Mouthful of Air” details Amy Koppelman’s experience of postpartum depression.  Do viewers leave with a better understanding of postpartum depression, or just a sense of hopelessness and despair? (The Harvard Crimson)

 

PREGNANCY – SLEEP

The new first-line treatment for insomnia that is safe during pregnancy.  Why don’t we use it? (Medscape – free registration)

 

COVID-19

Unvaccinated people are 20 times as likely to die from COVID than those who have been vaccinated.  (Medscape – free registration)

Pediatric COVID Vaccines – what parents, practitioners, and policy makers need to know. (JAMA)

Infants are not eligible to get the COVID vaccine, but they are not getting the other vaccines they are supposed to be getting either.  Globally, more than 22 million infants missed their first dose of measles vaccine. (Healio)

 

ADVOCACY

Despite greater attention to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, we still need to advocate for legislation supporting maternal mental health.  (Adrienne Griffen – New Security Beat)

In the US, suicide and overdose are leading causes of death in the first postpartum year.   What can we do to change this?  (Adrienne Griffen – New Security Beat)

A provision for 12 weeks of paid family leave was dropped from Biden’s ambitious socal spending bill.  Nobody seems to listen to mothers asking for paid leave, will they listen to fathers? (New York Times)

 

MENOPAUSE

A more standardized approach to menopause preparedness, including educating both patients and providers, is needed to improve care and quality of life for individuals during and after menopause. (Contemporary OB/GYN)  

Tubal ligation is associated with a higher risk of early menopause.  (Contemporary OB/GYN)  

In women over the age of 50, those who had breastfed their babies performed better on cognitive tests compared to women who had never breastfed. (Science Daily)

 

 

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