May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, and 1 in 5 women experience mental health concerns during pregnancy and after childbirth, but most go undetected and untreated. Rachel Diamond, Ph.D., LMFT, PMH-C, assistant professor of couple and family therapy at…
Tag: Postpartum Depression
Inaugural Maternal Mental Health State Report Cards Released
Maternal Mental Health disorders like postpartum depression affect roughly 600,000 (20%) of U.S. mothers a year, with Black and other women of color experiencing substantial disparities in rates and access to care. It is estimated that up to 50% of mothers are not diagnosed by a health care professional, and that 75% of women never get the treatment they need and that is promised in health care coverage contracts.
More than 4 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths are preventable in the US, and mental health is the leading cause
Preventable failures in U.S. maternal health care result in far too many pregnancy-related deaths. Each year, approximately 700 parents die from pregnancy and childbirth complications. As such, the U.S. maternal mortality rate is more than double that of most other developed countries.
Racism, mistrust exacerbate psychiatric conditions in minority perinatal patients; new approaches needed to reduce healthcare disparities
Deeper understanding of medical mistrust among pregnant and postpartum racial and ethnic minority women, as well as collaborative care models and community partnerships, can help to mitigate racialized healthcare disparities in this patient population, suggests a new paper in Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
May Research Highlights
A Roundup of the Latest Medical Discoveries and Faculty News at Cedars-Sinai
Moms With Postpartum Depression Benefit From Improved Screening
Nurse education is the key to successfully screening women for postpartum depression, which affects some 15% of mothers, according to a new quality improvement (QI) study from Cedars-Sinai.
Study Shows Important Change in B-Cells in Women with PPD
A study published in Molecular Psychiatry is the first to look at multiple levels of biology within women with postpartum depression (PPD) to see how women with the condition differ from those without it.
Online talk therapy can help mothers with postpartum depression
Researchers ran the online workshops for 403 mothers with PPD between April and October last year. The workshops took place live through Zoom and included group exercises, role plays and modules on the causes of PPD, identifying and changing difficult thinking patterns, and strategies to help shift behaviours to improve mood and anxiety.
Neuroactive Steroids May Induce Prolonged Antidepressant Effects by Altering Brain States
A new study by researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and Sage Therapeutics discovered that neurosteroids (allopregnanolone analogs) may alter network states in brain regions involved in emotional processing, which may explain the prolonged antidepressant effects of these compounds.
Media Advisory: Pandemic leaves postpartum moms reeling
Hamilton, ON (July 6, 2021) – Mothers with postpartum depression have been left reeling by the COVID-19 pandemic, cut off from family, friends and healthcare services during repeated lockdowns. In this study led by McMaster University’s Ryan J. Van Lieshout,…
Exposure to harmful chemicals in plastic may contribute to postpartum depression
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may influence hormonal shifts during pregnancy as well as contribute to postpartum depression, according to a small study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Treating moms with postpartum depression helps their babies’ brains
For the study 40 infants of women diagnosed with postpartum depression were matched with 40 infants of non-depressed mothers on infant age, gender and socioeconomic status. The mothers with postpartum depression received nine weeks of group CBT. The infants were all tested before the treatment and nine weeks later, including a questionnaire on the infant behaviour completed by the mother and her partner.
Research finds postpartum depression may last 3 years
A recent study found that a mother’s postpartum depression can last for a full three years after the birth of their baby and in some cases, get worse over time.
Suicide Risk During Pregnancy, After Childbirth on the Rise
The prevalence of suicidal thoughts and self-harm in the year before and after giving birth nearly tripled among childbearing people between 2006 and 2017, according to new research.
Faculty Receives Grant to Examine Depression Among Black Mothers
Rutgers School of Public Health instructor, Slawa Rokicki, has been awarded a New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science grant to develop community-centered approaches to prevent perinatal depression for low-income and Black women.
Reproductive Psychology Program Focuses on Mother and Family Wellness
While many expecting and new mothers experience emotions of joy and happiness, others suffer from a range of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But a new Cedars-Sinai program is dedicated to helping women fight the stigma often associated with maternal-related mental health disorders before, during and after pregnancy.