Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fewer babies but more PPD

The U.S. birth rate dropped in 2009, and officials are attributing it to the terrible economy. There's a story in the San Francisco Chronicle about the issue, and the reporter brings up an interesting aspect of giving birth in uncertain times. While doctors have fewer babies to deliver, some are reporting a higher rate of depression during and after pregnancy. Prevention is more important than ever. Here's an excerpt from the story:

In the meantime, she said, the hospital has seen more patients with prenatal and postpartum depression - often directly related to financial worries.

"Our patients are the ones who are cleaning offices in the middle of the night, they're cooks and housecleaners, and there just isn't as much work around. They're worried about how they're going to make ends meet," DiMattio said. "We're seeing a lot more depression before delivery, and that puts women more at a risk of postpartum depression. So we try to follow them and see them afterward too, just to be sure the supports are in place."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Carrie for finding this article. This totally makes sense! PPD is usually coupled with life stressors and the chemical imbalance. I am so glad there is research out there. It would be great if there was more awareness out there. I am so proud of you for blogging! You will never know the impact of your blog and who you will help!
    I will be following you! Thanks for your great comments about my blog! I am sorry we have to be on this journey together, but I am glad we can be connected :)
    Thanks for sharing!