Postpartum Progress Research Citations

Iwill continuously update the followinglist ofpublished research studies from respected journals that are related directly to postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum psychosis and antenatal depression. I have organized the list alphabetically by topic, with the mostcurrent research listed first underneath each topic. If you know of important studies that you believe should be added here, please email me at postpartumprogress {at} gmail {dot} com. Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive.

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Antenatal Depression (DepressionDuring Pregnancy)

Depressive Disorders During Pregnancy: Prevalence & Risk Factors In A Large Urban Sample, Obstetrics & Gynecology, November 2010

Acupuncture for Depression During Pregnancy:A Randomized Controlled Trial, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, March 2010

Risk factors for depressive symptomsduring pregnancy, a systematic review, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2010

The management of depression during pregnancy, a report from the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2009

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in pregnancy and congenital malformations: population based cohort study, BMJ, 2009

Congenital Heart Disease Associated With Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Use During Pregnancy, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 2009

Duration of antidepressant use during pregnancy and risk of major congenital malformations, British Journal of Psychiatry, 2008

Barriers to Treatment

Patient attitudes regarding help seeking intention for depression in gynecologic and obstetric settings, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 2009

Postpartum Depression Help-Seeking Barriers and Maternal Treatment Preferences: A Qualitative Systematic Review, Birth, 2006

Bipolar Disorder

Risks and Predictors of Readmission for a Mental Disorder During the Postpartum Period, Archives of General Psychiatry, 2009


Antidepressant Medication Use During Breastfeeding, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2009

Cultural Issues

Perceived Satisfaction With Social Support and Depressive Symptoms in Perinatal Latinas, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 2009

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Culturally Relevant, Brief Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Perinatal Depression, Psychiatric Services, 2009

Desired assistance versus care received for postpartum depression: access to care differences by race, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 2008

Acculturation and Depressive Symptoms Among Pregnant and Postpartum Latinas, Maternal & ChildHealth Journal, 2008

Effects of Untreated Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders on Children

The Impact of Postnatal and Concurrent Maternal Depression on Child Behaviour During the Early School Years, Journal of Affective Disorders, December 2009

Impact of Antenatal and Postpartum Maternal Mental Illness: How are the Children?, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2009

Maternal Depression and Anxiety Across the Postpartum Year and Infant Social Engagement, Fear Regulation, and Stress Reactivity, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2009

Genetics and Postpartum Depression

Genome-Wide Linkage and Follow-Up Association Study of Postpartum Mood Symptoms, Am J Psychiatry, 2009

Postpartum Depression – General

Focus on Women’s Mental Health: Perinatal Mental Health: New Data Regarding Risk Factors and Treatment Considerations, J Clinical Psychiatry, 2009

New Mothers Speak Out (survey), Childbirth Connection, 2008

Postpartum Psychosis

Puerperal [postpartum] psychosis: identifying and caring for women at risk, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 2009


Psychosocial and psychological interventions for preventing postpartum depression, Cochran Review, 2009

Risk Factors

Multiple Births Are a Risk Factor for Postpartum Maternal Depressive Symptoms, Pediatrics, 2009

Association Between Diabetes and Perinatal Depression Among Low-Income Mothers, JAMA, 2009

Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnant and Postpartum Women in the United States, Archives of General Psychiatry, 2008

Depression Common Following Successful IVF, MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health, 2008

Antenatal risk factors for postpartum depression: a synthesis of recent literature, General Hospital Psychiatry, 2004

Screening for Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Accuracy of Depression Screening Tools for Identifying Postpartum Depression Among Urban Mothers, Pediatrics, February 2010

Universal screening for postpartum depression: an inquiry into provider attitudes and practice, AJOG 2009

Using the internet to screen for postpartum depression, Maternal & Child Health Journal, 2009

Identification of postpartum depression, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2009

Screening for Depression at Well-Child Visits: Is Once Enough During the First 6 Months of Life?, Pediatrics, 2009

Screening for depression in the postpartum period: a comparison of three instruments, Journal of Women’s Health, 2008

Treatment and Care Pathways for Clinicians

Best Practices: An Emerging Best Practice Model for Perinatal Depression Care, Psychiatric Services, November 2009

The management of depression during pregnancy, a report from the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2009

Clinical Report: Incorporating Recognition & Management of Perinatal & Postpartum Depression into Pediatric Practice, Pediatrics, November 2010