alexa When depression complicates childbearing: guidelines for screening and treatment during antenatal and postpartum obstetric care.
Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive Medicine

Clinics in Mother and Child Health

Author(s): Muzik M, Marcus SM, Heringhausen JE, Flynn H

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Prevalence studies show that 1 in 5 women experience an episode of major depressive disorder during their lifetime. The peripartum period is a prime time for symptom exacerbation and relapse of depressive episodes. Health care providers, specifically those in obstetric care, should be aware of: (1) the frequency of depression in pregnant and postpartum women; (2) signs, symptoms, and appropriate screening methods; and (3) the health risks for the mother and growing fetus if depression is undetected or untreated. Because management of depressed peripartum women also includes care of a growing fetus or breastfeeding infant, treatment may be complex and requires input from a multidisciplinary team, including an obstetrician, psychiatrist, and pediatrician, to provide optimal care.

This article was published in Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. and referenced in Clinics in Mother and Child Health

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