According to the CDC’s latest numbers, 65% of pregancy-related deaths occur in the first year following childbirth.
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Many of the preventable pregnancy-related deaths documented by the CDC are directly attributable to failures and barriers in the maternal care system.
Without full access to reproductive health care, traumatic birth experiences will undoubtedly rise.
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Escalating legal restrictions throughout the US might mean an increase in mental health disorders for those who are denied an abortion.
Both parents can struggle with depression after the birth of their child.
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Our study is the first to show how common depression is in both parents during and after pregnancy.
The mental health of mothers has important implications for children and families.
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Maternal mental health conditions are a reflection of harmful social and economic factors that plague women in general.
Postnatal depression can affect both mothers and fathers.
Many fathers act as a central support for their partner and child – but some feel they lack support themselves.
Women who engage in physical activity in the postnatal period report better mental well-being than those who are less physically active.
Women who are physically active in the postnatal period report better mental well-being than those who are less active, but the pandemic has made exercise less accessible.
As many as one in five women experience postpartum depression.
For new mothers with postpartum depression, social distancing limits some of the best ways to improve their mental health.
The breastfeeding relationship is not always a dream. It can be challenging, physically painful and cause guilt and postnatal depression for many mothers.
A doctor argues that breastfeeding should be encouraged, but not at the expense of a mother’s mental health.
Pregnant women and new mothers who feel totally powerless are taking their own lives in increasing numbers in Nepal. More mental health training for local midwives is needed.
Humans and underwater animals are the only mammals that don’t eat their placentas.
Don’t follow the celebs: eating the placenta has no proven benefits, and could be dangerous.
Much of the baby’s distress, as well as that of the parents, can be prevented.
From the moment their baby is born, Australian parents receive conflicting advice on how to cope with newborn issues. What we are doing wastes our resources, but we’re not investing in alternatives.
New fathers can feel low, too.
Having a newborn can be rough, whether you’re a mom or a dad. New research ties men’s testosterone to their postpartum depression – with some surprising upsides for their partners.
Even just taking a long hot bath, alone, once a week, reduced the risk of postnatal depression.
Supporting new mothers to make weekly “time for themselves” in the first six months after giving birth may reduce the prevalence of postnatal depression.
The proportion of women experiencing depressive symptoms is higher among mothers of four-year-olds, than among mothers with a newborn baby.
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