Op-Ed on Maternal Depression Screening and Care

Last week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force captured national headlines, calling for all pregnant and postpartum women to be screened for depression. The maternal mental health community widely celebrated the news, recognizing it as a monumental step forward to improve the lives of mothers, children and families throughout the U.S.

One in seven women experience depression during or after pregnancy, with higher rates occurring among specific populations such as those affected by military deployment, immigration, or poverty. In San Diego County, where the annual birth rate is approximately 40,000, universal implementation of this recommendation would potentially impact thousands of women and their families.

The task force recommendations are based on the growing body of research that confirms that maternal depression during and after pregnancy routinely goes unidentified and untreated.  Click here for the full statement.