Government task force recommends depression screening for pregnant women and new mothers

Government task force recommends depression screening for pregnant women and new mothers

Friday, January 29, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends depression screening for pregnant women and new mothers.  The task force found that roughly nine percent of pregnant women and 10 percent of new moms will experience at least one depressive episode.  According to the New York Times, many cases of what has been called postpartum depression may actually begin during pregnancy.

The findings of the task force appear in the current issue of JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association.

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