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).
Two stories yesterday about celebrities who've experienced postpartum depression:
The first isfrom the website Lilsugar where actress Angie Harmon complains on video that no one told her about PPD until after she got it! Harmon had PPD after each of her three kids.
The second, from the magazine Life & Style, features Gena Lee Nolin, former Baywatch star, who experienced PPD(thanks to Celebrity BabyBlog for the story).She also had it with all three of her kids, and used both meds and counseling as part of her treatment. She plans to write a book about her experience.
Actresses and other celebrities are subject to the same illnesses the rest of us are, and are just as likely to go through the darkness of PPD. For news of other celebrity moms who've had postpartum depression, like Lisa Rinna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Amanda Peet, click here.
Just watched a segment from the TV show "Insight"from Australia. Very compelling piece featuring a man who lost his wife to postpartum depression(also known as postnatal depression or PNDin Australia).This was a very well-done segment and not sensationalized at all.
You can watch it online by clicking the link above. (Note: Do not watch this if you're currently suffering.)
Louise Litisexperienced PND after the birth of her first son, partially due to problems with breastfeeding. She recovered.After having her second child, they tried to make sure she had more support (cleaning lady, nanny once a week) and she seemed to be doing much better but still struggled with breastfeeding. Her PND came back on, she attempted suicide but failed, then committed suicide while in a mother/baby unit. Heartbreaking.
There are other segments about postnatal depression that were part of the show, including several mothersdiscussing their experiences (part 3), and you can watch those as well.
Additionally, the SBS website features organizations in Australia that help women with PND, including the Gidget Foundation, PANDA and Beyond Blue.