Maternal Depression : A Standard ( New York State Department Of Health

1048 Words Sep 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Despite widespread recognition of the problem of maternal depression and the potential benefits of screening, screening for maternal depression is not a standard (New York State Department Of Health, 2016). This policy brief was written for healthcare providers who treat expectant and new mothers with goals to improve the screening and to increase the number of women receiving appropriate treatment in our community. The recommendations address measures to improve early identification of the condition and preventive/follow-up care delivery for women in prenatal to postpartum periods.
Problem
About 8 to 15 percent of childbearing women experience post partum depression during the first year after childbirth, and poor depressed women experience depressive symptoms as high as 48% (Onunaku, 2005). Thirty-seven percent of low-income mothers with young children who have had a major depressive disorder do not receive any treatment, compared to twenty-five percent of their higher-income counterparts (Saxton, 2016). Maternal mental health affects their ability to care for themselves and nurture their children. Untreated mother’s depression adversely affects a child’s brain and socio-emotional development, academic achievement, and child’s long-term success. Living with a depressed mother shape the development of a child’s stress biology, leading to the child’s own risk of developing depression and other emotional disorders (Center On The Developing Child At Harvard…
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