More Evidence for the Need for Vigilance Surrounding Pre-natal Depression

This month’s Journal of Human Reproduction reports on a study that compared depressed and non-depressed pregnant women. The data indicates that the incidence of pre-term births is much higher for those women who suffer from untreated pre-natal depression. Because pre-term birth holds a myriad of medical risks for the infant, it is critical to assess all pregnant women for depression and then implement appropriate treatment when needed.

2 Responses to More Evidence for the Need for Vigilance Surrounding Pre-natal Depression

  1. Thanks for posting this Trish, I was just asking for this literature at a Women’s health fair that I attended – the March of Dimes was there but their rep was unfamiliar with the link between antepartum depression and preterm labor. I think if we can get a group like the March of Dimes behind this initiative we could further spread information about perinatal mood disorders and hopefully decrease stigma (or at the very least increase the number of women who seek our assistance).

  2. Thanks, Kate. This research was pretty clear on the deleterious effects of depression during pregnancy. I love your idea of joining forces with other organizations to get the word out and get these moms help.
    Glad we’re on the same team!

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