Mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complication of childbearing, and pregnancy does not protect women from the onset or recurrence of mood and/or anxiety disorders. These experiences can leave many expecting and new mothers feeling alone and desperate.
While psychiatric services can help, treatment from healthcare providers without experience in caring for pregnant women and separating a new mother from her newborn are oftentimes not in the best interest of either the mom or baby.
Facts about postpartum depression (PPD)
- Major depression is the most common postpartum complication women experience, affecting approximately 15 percent of childbearing women.
- The days and weeks after having a baby is the most common time for a woman to be admitted to a psychiatric inpatient facility.
- Untreated PPD is known to adversely impact the emotional and cognitive functioning of the developing infant, interfere with mother and baby interactions, and predict future emotional and behavioral problems in school age children.
Depression and anxiety disorders during pregnancy are associated with:
- Poor nutrition
- Use of nicotine, alcohol and drugs
- Premature delivery
- Low birth weight
- Negative health behaviors which impact the health of mother and baby