ACOG's 2016 Finale Fly-In: Postpartum Depression
Help Families Suffering from Postpartum Depression
Each year, 1 in 7 women experience perinatal depression, including major and minor depressive episodes during pregnancy or in the first 12 months after delivery. Postpartum depression is one of the most common medical complications during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Maternal suicide exceeds hemorrhage and hypertensive disorders as a cause of maternal mortality. Left untreated, perinatal depression and other mood disorders can have devastating effects on women, infants, and families.
ACOG recommends clinicians screen patients at least once during pregnancy for depression and anxiety, and the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for depression for all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women.
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Why We Need Your Help
Only 15% of women suffering from perinatal depression receive treatment. There is wide variation in resources to effectively treat or refer patients, leaving many women who screen positive for perinatal depression without the care they need.
Solving this Problem
Congress must enact a mental health reform package that helps women and families suffering from postpartum depression. This provision would make grants available for States to establish, expand, or maintain programs for maternal depression screening and treatment, improving access to effective care.