Doctors? Nurses? Frontline Healthcare Providers? ARE YOU LISTENING?

In light of the recent focus on the inexcusable ways some healthcare providers respond to acute distress in postpartum mothers, let us do some teaching here. Please share and inform your local resources. **NOTE TO ALL HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS** Some postpartum women are afraid to tell you how they really feel. They are worried that you […]


SUICIDE ASSESSMENT FOR A POSITIVE EPDS SCREEN (#10)  Are you asking the hard questions? Do not make the mistake of thinking that she looks too good to be that sick. Every single woman who walks into your office could be having thoughts of hurting herself.  Regardless of how she looks, what she says, how she […]

Postpartum Depression: Be Your Own Best Advocate

“Postpartum depression emerges at a time in a woman’s life when both the demands and stakes are high.  In addition to the disturbing feelings and symptoms, there is one more complicating factor.  There is a baby in the picture.  This makes everything more dramatic, more precarious, and much more urgent. Whether it’s her first bout […]

Journalists, Doctors, Everyone: Let’s Get it Right

Let’s get it right. Lives depend on it. There are, to be sure, tons of complex theories and contradicting explanations when it comes to mental illness and diagnoses. Discussing maternal mental health is no exception. Definitions are blurry, research is not always consistent with what we see in clinical practice, experts challenge existing classifications, and […]

Scary Thoughts. A Mother’s Worst Fear.

It has been described how one’s own mind can “try to torment you with the thoughts of whatever it is you consider to be the most inappropriate or awful thing you could do” (Baer).  Lee Baer, Ph.D., Harvard professor and author, describes how a person’s most vulnerable self can become engulfed by thoughts that cut […]

Talk About Your Postpartum Depression

We hear a lot about postpartum depression these days. What it is, what it isn’t. Not everyone agrees on the definitions, even healthcare providers demonstrate variable degrees of knowledge in this specialized field. If you are pregnant or if you recently have had a baby, and are not feeling well, try not to focus on […]

Are There Still Gaps in Screening?

Published on October 29, 2013 by Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY This Isn’t What I Expected In healthcare or clinical settings where women are presumably in the care of providers who are well-equipped to provide relief, women who harbor scary thoughts remain reluctant to reveal what they are thinking.  When women are asked specifically if they […]

Why You Must TALK BACK to Your Doctor!

Women have a special relationship with their Obstetricians. The reason may be apparent to many, but once you can talk to someone about your vagina, not to mention, surrender to the medical necessity of invasive inspection, and expose your most vulnerable body parts to essential scrutiny, it often lends itself to, shall we say, an […]

Moms and Children Are Still Dying: It’s time for everyone to get involved

I just hung up the phone with Randy Turner, reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press. Last week he wrote this piece, on the disappearance of 32-year old Lisa Gibson and the death of her two children, 2 year old Anna and 3 month old Nicholas.  On Friday, the news turned even more tragic when they […]

Rant Alert: How Doctors are Still Getting it Wrong …

I truly believe most doctors really do care about their patients. I sincerely hope this is, at least in part, the reason they made the decision to go into medical school. I also believe, or hope to believe, that most doctors are  continuing to educate themselves about prenatal and postpartum depression. Why is it, then, […]

Postpartum Depression Status Review

Source:  Postpartum Depression: Current Status and Future Directions by O’Hara, M & McCabe, J Annual Review of Clinical Psychology Volume 9  March 26, 2013   Michael O’Hara is a huge name in PPD research. Please review the main thrust of his review of current PPD status. The following has been taken directly from the abstract […]

Are We Paying Enough Attention To Postpartum Psychosis?

(This post is authored by a woman who survived postpartum psychosis and hoped her story could help others find the help they need to recover as quickly as possible.I sincerely thank her for her heartfelt and courageous contribution. ~kk) Let us start with the present. I am a happy, mentally healthy, physically healthy(ish), 31 year […]

An Important Viewpoint from Israel

There is an incredibly important message not to be missed in this article, “Dealing with Postnatal Depression” by Paul Brown, in the Jerusalem Post. Unfortunately, there are a couple of sentences that might make some folks cranky so I thought I’d put it out there you can bypass any temptation to respond defensively and listen to the […]

Screening for PPD?

Clinician Note: Please read our latest Psychology Today post titled “Listening to Symptoms” It’s important information for all healthcare providers who might inadvertently be missing    symptoms.

New brief screening tool awaits further study

Here’s our the abstract for our paper on a new brief screening tool for postpartum distress (which includes anxiety measurement) YAY!!! J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print]Development of a Brief Measure of Postpartum Distress. Allison KC, Wenzel A, Kleiman K, Sarwer DB. 1 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine , […]

PPD screening in pediatric offices

Clinicians note: A new study published in the May issue of PEDIATRICS looked at the issue of screening for postpartum depression at pediatric well-visits. It was carried out at an adolescent-oriented maternity clinic and it’s interesting to note that the providers were electronically cued when they opened the electronic file of a patient who had […]

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