We talk a lot about screening and treatment for women with postpartum depression, but there’s always the question of which healthcare professional will do it. Most often, it is the OB/GYN that women reach out to for help, which is why this new study in the Archives of Women’s Health conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania is worth consideration. They took a look at women’s views on getting postpartum depression help from OB/GYNs.
“Among the 225 women in the study, more than half receiving gynecologic care (59%) and nearly a third of women who received prenatal care (29%) stated they would not seek help from their OB/GYN for depression.”
Those who said they would not seek help from their OB/GYN if they developed postpartum depression had two major beliefs that prevented them from doing so: 1) An OB/GYN is the wrong doctor for depression care and 2) OB/GYN is not a good setting for depression care.
Other research out this week (some of which I can hardly understand but will report to you anyway):
- The Journal of Psychoneuroendocrinology (yes, that’s a word apparently) published a study about the relation between leptin levels in the body and postpartum depression.
- The Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology published a study about the risk factors for post-traumatic disorder in pregnant women, finding that women with PTSD during their first pregnancy were more likely to have suffered childhood abuse, to be African-American, living in higher crime areas, living in poverty, to be suffering depression and anxiety as well, and to have sought mental health treatment in the past.
- From the British Journal of Midwifery, a study on the risk factors for depression and anxiety during pregnancy (antenatal or antepartum depression).