News Roundup: On Domestic Violence, Teenagers, Placentas & Andrea Yates

postpartum depression newsMore news from the front this week:

A new study was published on domestic violence as a risk factor for postpartum depression. And yes, I know many of you have never suffered domestic violence. It’s just one of the risk factors among many.

Another study was reported on the connection between teenagers’ emotional health problems and the depression of their mothers, in this case during the toddler years.

Polly Palumbo chimed in over at Psychology Today on placenta eating to prevent postpartum depression. She had one of my favorite headlines of the week: Placenta Stew with a Side of Pseudo-Science.

Finally, I’m proud of you ABC News and reporter Katie Moisse! Good job doing a very balanced and completely NON-hysterical story — we know you could have, but you didn’t — on Andrea Yates potentially being released from jail to attend local church services. It looks like some media outlets, ABC at least, are beginning to understand how serious postpartum psychosis is and that women who have it are truly ill.

About Katherine Stone

is the founder of Postpartum Progress. She has been named a WebMD Health Hero, one of the fiercest women in America by More magazine, and one of the top 20 Social Media Moms by Working Mother magazine. She is a survivor of postpartum OCD.

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  1. sarah freeman says:

    poop. My eldest is suffering problems, 14yrs old, and I am sure it is because of long term PN problems, and his psych refuses to admit this, based on how he sees us relating now. Its weird. Its horrible watching my child go through this, its pretty severe, and knowing I have contributed. On the plus, its very very very good it is showing now, before he is old enough to refuse treatment etc, also, things are improving very slowly, and I am much much better, AND he prob would have had some problems sometime in his life as we have now realised there is a really strong genetic predisposition based on the prevalence of anxiety problems on both sides of the family which we hadnt realised.

  2. I used to work in Labor and Delivery as a nurse, Maternity nursing is my passion. Postpartum psychosis is a very serious condition.