"Postpartum depression is under-recognized and under-treated," said Jacqueline Gollan, PhD, clinical psychologist at Northwestern Memorial and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation Women's Behavioral Health Services Program. "By establishing a clinical protocol to screen all obstetric patients for depression, we can better detect the emergence of mood disorders, offer treatment and improve the clinical outcomes of these patients."
The staff at Prentice has beenextensively trainedon how to screen women, interpret the screen and follow up on the results. Screenings will now occur at the first prenatal visit, in the third trimester and at the 6 to 8 week postpartum checkup. The hospital statesthatit offers a range of services for those with perinatal mood or anxiety disorders, including one-on-one counseling and support groups for new moms.
Even better, another Chicago hospitalsystem is screening all of its pregnant patients for postpartum depressionas well. The Loyola University Health System has developed a comprehensive program that screens women for postpartum depression at 28 weeks, at delivery, at 2 weeks postpartum and at 6 weeks postpartum.(Thanks to Jennifer White at About.com for the heads up on this!)