Local PPD Research Seeking Participant

After meeting with a researcher for this project, I’m thrilled to report that LaSalle University is promoting a new program in their counseling department which is offering support for women with postpartum depression. LaSalle University is currently conducting research to examine a new treatment for postpartum depression. Participants will receive free psychotherapy and public transportation […]

Mother’s Sleep and Weight Gain?

As reported by Medpage from the American Journal of Epidemiology Gunderson EP, et al “Association of fewer hours of sleep at six months postpartum with substantial weight retention at one year postpartum” Am J Epidemiol 2007; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwm298. Main points:Erica P. Gunderson, Ph.D., of the Kaiser Permanente Research Foundation –“Women deprived of only a couple […]

Working Moms are Tired….. ;)

As reported at Medpage today: “Nearly three months after giving birth, many employed first-time mothers still complained of fatigue and mental and physical symptoms associated with giving birth.” File this under “duh” but very important: (And how nice that researchers are validating what we have known to be true and mothers have been saying for […]

Hormones And Depression

According to Society for Women’s Health Research: Women are more vulnerable to depression and mood disorders during times of hormonal transition, such as pregnancy, postpartum and perimenopause. One of our favorite PPD experts, Zachary Stowe, M.D., joined the panel of esteemed participants. “The panelists noted that while it is natural for women to experience changes […]

" Moms-to-be often anxious, depressed: Study"

As reported in the medical journal Obstetrics and GynecologyDr. Antoinette M. Lee of the University of Hong Kong told Reuters Health: “Our study,” Lee said, “shows that anxiety and depression during pregnancy should also not be overlooked, given that both are highly prevalent and strongly associated with postpartum depression.” “Both antenatal anxiety and antenatal depression […]

PPD Survey Update

We’ve had a great response to the survey! I just wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who has taken the time to complete it. I know how busy everyone is so I am particularly gratefully that so many understand the value of this project and contributed the time and energy to help us […]

PPD Research Project: Second Phase

The Postpartum Stress Center announces the second phase of our research project! To All PPD Advocates:As many of you know, I have been collaborating with a research team at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine who have expertise in postpartum distress and scale design. We have performed an initial statistical analysis on a new […]

Pregnant Smokers May be Depressed

Clearly know that smoking is dangerous to the baby can prompt many women to try to quit.(Increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, low birthweight, death from SIDS, and learning and behavior disorders.) According to the research, the estimates are about 12 percent of pregnant women smoke. Highlights from the article: “Dr. Renee Goodwin, a […]

Here’s Another Reason to Quit Smoking

As reported in PEDIATRICS (Vol. 120 No. 3 September 2007, pp. 497-502)researchers in Pennsylvania conducted a small study to determine the short-term effects of smoking and breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and Smoking: Short-term Effects on Infant Feeding and Sleep Julie A. Mennella, PhD, Lauren M. Yourshaw, BA and Lindsay K. Morgan. Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. […]

How you hold your baby may be clue…?

I’m not sure how I feel about this but: From England, research is suggesting that the way a mother holds her baby may be an indication of her stress levels and may possibly signal depression.[pic:dkimages]Published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the study found that mothers who cradle their baby to the right […]

New Research on Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression

New research by Ellen Homewood, Alison Tweed and Jon Crossley of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester, and Michelle Cree of the Derbyshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust raises important issues on the relationship between breastfeeding and postpartum depression. Some of the mothers studied felt that pressure to breastfeed, (interpreted as […]

Another Reason to Treat Depression During Pregnancy? (Or Another Reason to Feel Guilty?)

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 27 (UPI) [pic:allinafamily.com] “Babies born to women who are anxious or depressed while pregnant may have trouble sleeping at night as infants and toddlers, a U.S. report suggests.”The study, published in the journal Early Human Development, (14,000 women in Britain) reports that babies born to anxious or depressed pregnant women were about […]

A Pioneer in the Field of Psychotherapy

Albert Ellis, the founder of groundbreaking work in therapy, died today at age 93. His work, which continues to influence therapists today, was considered controversial in many circles, due to his confrontational style. I must say that I have been a fan of his work ever since my earliest exposure in grad school many (many!!) […]

Educational Opportunities

As per ACOG (American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists) The upcoming conferences may be of interest to you: 6th NYU REPRODUCTIVE PSYCHIATRY CONFERENCE The 6th NYU Reproductive Psychiatry Conference will be held Saturday, October 6, 2007 in New York. The conference is jointly sponsored by the NYU Post-Graduate Medical School and the North American Society […]

Social Conflict Predicts Depression During Pregnancy

As reported in Medscape ObGyn & Women’s Health: NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jul 09 -A study published in the July issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Obstet Gynecol 2007;110:134-140) suggests that low social support and high social conflict contribute to depression during pregnancy. Here is the main thrust of the research: “Pregnancy is a time of […]

Depression May Proceed Anxiety

“Contrary to the prevailing belief, it is nearly as likely that major depressive disorder will develop into a generalized anxiety disorder, as the reverse pattern, according to a study published in the June issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.” Well, we knew that already, didn’t we? 🙁 Women with postpartum depression have always struggled […]

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