March of Dimes Statement on Screening Pregnant Women for Depression

Jan 27, 2016, 16:10 ET from March of Dimes

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The March of Dimes commends the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for recognizing the devastating toll that untreated depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period can have on a woman and her family.  With routine screening, many more cases of pregnancy and postpartum depression can be identified and treated successfully, easing a tremendous burden on women and families.

The March of Dimes supports this new recommendation and will continue our work to advocate for more research to determine the potential risks associated with antidepressant medication use in pregnancy and to educate women and their healthcare providers about the signs of depression and options for help.  Women should talk to a health care provider before starting, changing or discontinuing medication for depression or other health issues.  Together, we can ensure that every woman has a healthy pregnancy and recovery after childbirth.

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