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May 2016

New Depression Screening is Now Going to Include Postpartum

Wednesday, 5/25/2016

An article released in January 2016 has stated the US Preventive Services Task Force has now included screening for pregnany and postpartum women along with updating screening for adults 18 years and older.  The implementation of screening for pregnant and postpartum women has been long overdue and will assist in treating women as soon as possible if they do face postpartum depression.  Women are provided with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and although the follow up procedures have lacked in the past the American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that women be screen at the baby's first, second, and fourth month visit.  Following up is crucial and although many women are provided some sort of scale or survey there is no follow through.  It is a step closer to getting women into treatment as soon as possible and looking at mothers to ensure they are healthy for their baby.  Please check out the full article attached in this blog. 

What Hospitals Are Not Disclosing When it Comes to the Price of Delivering a Baby

Wednesday, 5/11/2016

Ever wonder how much it costs to give birth to a baby?  Ther are many hidden costs that hospitals do not disclose to consumers or flat out have no idea how much the average birth will cost.  The frustrating journey of one couple discloses their process as they anxiously awaited the birth of their son.  Check out this informative video

One Step Closer to Helping those with PPD

Wednesday, 5/11/2016

With 1 in 8 women dealing with postpartum depression, Republican Senator Dean Heller has propsed for routine screening and treatment options for pregant and postpartum women.  The bill won commitee approval in March and is striving for program funding for the fiscal years of 2017 through 2021.  This is a great advancement for the many women out there who do not get the treatment needed.  For the full article visit


Victims of Sexual Abuse Stop Breastfeeding Earlier

Wednesday, 5/11/2016

While there are long lasting effects of any form of abuse, sexual abuse can have an impact on mothers who choose to breastfeed.  A recent study revealed that 2 out of 10 women who had been sexually abused as a child are more likely to stop breastfeeding their baby before they turn four months old.  While there are many positive results to breastfeeding these women are more likely to stop.  The study even found that women who have been exposed to different types of violence have a 50 % greater chance of stopping to breastfeed than those who have not been exposed to violence.  The article also provided some interesting statistics and findings, for more information click on the link for the full article

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