Up to 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression, a very real and serious mood disorder. Studies show that new mothers of color have rates of postpartum depression soaring close to 38% compared with the 13 – 19% rate for all new mothers.
By Amalia Corby-Edwards, MS (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Directorate) You may not have heard much about this, but something just happened that could positively impact millions of women and their families. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) just included pregnant and postpartum women in the new depression screening guidelines. […]
By Walker Karraa, PhD (www.walkerkarraa.com) (APA Division of Trauma Psychology, 2014 Program Co-Chair; Perinatal Mental Health Contributor, Science and Sensibility; American College of Nurse-Midwives) In 2010 a crowd gathered at the United States Capitol to celebrate the passage of the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act—legislation dedicated to comprehensive federal research, education and voluntary support services for […]