Pediatricians screening new mothers for depression

POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 12:05pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatricians should screen new mothers for depression on a regular basis.

Pediatricians say that postpartum depression affects not only the mother, but the baby as well. Doctors say that more than 400,000 babies are born to depressed mom every year.

One mother from Waco who recently had a baby, says that she was able to recognize signs of postpartum depression and sought medical guidance that helped her tremendously. She suggests to all women who are suffering from postpartum depression, that lasts more than a couple weeks, to be open with their doctors so they can be helped.

One physician from Waco, Michael Burbidge, believes that one reason why moms are not seeking help from the pediatricians, is because they are embarrassed to ask medical questions about themselves, when they feel like they are only their for the baby's needs.

Mr. Burbidge agrees with the American Academy of Pediatrics, that women should be screened if they notice any symptoms in the office, but a simple written exam may be less offensive to the mothers, and could be just as useful.


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