Depression Screenings for Pregnant and New Moms

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Health Task Force Panel Calls for Depression
Screenings for Pregnant and New Moms
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, announced new recommendations for updating and improving screening for depression. Specifically stating, “Women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth.”

The Task Force found convincing evidence that screening improves the accurate identification of adult patients with depression in primary-care settings, including pregnant and postpartum women. According to the Task Force, depression is among the leading causes of disability in persons 15 years and older. It affects individuals, families and society and is common in patients seeking care in the primary-care setting.
Depression is also common in postpartum and pregnant women and affects not only the woman but her child as well. You can read the new recommendations here.
Utilize the Strong Families AZ Home Visitor Portal to access a variety of resources on this topic:
  • Click on the Resources tab to find a number of articles about maternal health.

Check out the Community Services and Supports tab to find contact information, by county, for resources including the Arizona Warm Line for Postpartum Depression. This is a volunteer-supported phone line for mothers and families. Phone support related to pregnancy and postpartum emotional adjustment is provided every day between 9 AM and 8 PM. Call 1-888-434-6667 for assistance.

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