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  • New Drug Could Revolutionize Postpartum Depression Treatment

    Novel medication could provide faster – and better – relief than antidepressants

    …A new drug being studied could one day be an important treatment option for women suffering postpartum depression (PPD), a condition that affects about 15 percent of women after giving birth. The drug SAGE-547, developed by Sage Therapeutics, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was found to provide rapid and potent relief…

  • What Research Says About Perinatal Depression Screening and Treatment

    Professional treatment helps and women should be supported in seeking it

    …A few days ago the US Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, recommended that all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, be screened for depression. The Task Force concluded that “evidence suggested that programs to screen pregnant and postpartum women,…

  • National Task Force Says Pregnant and Postpartum Women Should Be Screened for Depression

    Many insurance plans will be required to cover perinatal depression screening

    …The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommended depression screening for pregnant and postpartum women in the Journal of the American Medical Association today. The task force is an independent, volunteer panel of experts in preventative health who advise the government and public health community on clinical action to prevent illness.…

  • Important Piece on Depression in Pregnancy in The New York Times

    Let's all join this critical conversation

    …Andrew Solomon did an incredible service to women, mothers, and families with his latest piece in the New York Times Magazine, "The Secret Sadness of Pregnancy With Depression." Solomon offered a compassionate, nuanced, and well-researched look at the reality of depression in pregnancy. The transition to motherhood is a tremendous…

  • The Importance of Maternity Leave for Maternal Mental Health

    It's time to prioritize the well-being of women and families

    …Maternity leave policies tell an intimate story about how societies prioritize families. And right now in the United States, our meager policy tells a bleak tale: Starting a family is not valuable because it is interruptive and expensive. We face an impossible juggling act – we know the incredible effort…

  • What the Wall Street Journal Got Wrong About Mental Health Care

    Primary care doctors can play a key role in helping people find the help they need

    …In a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, argues that generalist physicians are so pressed for time they should not be called upon to consider the mental health of their patients. His position that there "isn't enough time in the current system for generalist physicians to address complex…

  • The New York Times’ Irresponsible Look at Antidepressants During Pregnancy

    Women deserve complete information to make these important medical decisions

    …We are deeply disappointed with The New York Times article "Pills May Put Babies at Risk" published on September 2, 2014. Not only did the piece omit several large, reliable studies on antidepressant use during pregnancy and fail to include views from experts in the field of reproductive mental health, but…

  • Reacting to the Death of Robin Williams

    Grieving and getting support in the wake of this tragedy

    …When a public figure dies, we may feel more grief than we think should be “normal.” The vast majority of us never met Robin Williams, but as Facebook feeds and the media fill with tributes, it's obvious how much this man felt a part of so many of our lives.…

  • Governor Cuomo Signs Maternal Depression Bill

    New law will increase screening for PPD and other postpartum mood disorders

    …New York State has taken a huge step forward in supporting women and families today. Governor Cuomo just signed into law the Maternal Depression Screening bill, which will provide much-needed support for women experiencing depression during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. The bill provides screening guidelines and referral resources…

  • Supporting Formula-Feeding Moms During World Breastfeeding Week

    World Breastfeeding Week is worth supporting – but so are you

    …In grade school, I was very good at soccer. But one afternoon when I tried to block a shot as goalie, I tripped, and the other team scored. My teammates yelled at me relentlessly, telling me I lost the game. But they didn't need to drill the point home because…

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