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Pregnancy related depression is a common complication of pregnancy, affecting approximately 20% of women during or after childbirth. Perinatal (period immediately before and after birth) mental health conditions are fairly common and yet often go unrecognized and untreated, leaving mothers and children at risk. Depression and anxiety, especially during the postpartum period, is known to affect moms' ability to care for the new infant as well as any other children, decrease infant bonding, and have lifelong negative impacts on a child's growth and development.
Jefferson County Public Health is working in the community to increase awareness of Pregnancy Related Depression by offering a brief, hour-long training on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The presentation includes information on diagnostic features for early identification, validated screening tools and treatment considerations for providers or as a resource to anyone of childbearing age. For more information, or to schedule a presentation for your organization, please contact Melissa Palay, MPH, MSN, RN, Public Health Nurse Supervisor, Prenatal Plus and Family Collaboration Program at 303-275-7582.
Severe Symptoms Can Include:
The exact cause of PRD is not clear, but major changes the mother goes through during pregnancy and beyond appear to be the trigger. These can include:
For 24 hour immediate assistance, call the Jefferson Center for Mental Health Emergency Number at 303-425-0300. If you have thoughts of harming yourself or anyone else, seek immediate help by calling 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
It is important for women to know they are not alone and that help is available.
Jefferson Center for Mental Health - 303-425-0300
Mother and Baby Support Group - 303-432-5607
Foothills Behavioral Health Partners - 866-245-1959
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