Avoiding depression both after and during pregnancy is incredibly important and that may be about to become easier for new moms.
When people tally up the happiest days of their lives, there are always two go-to answers. Your wedding day and the respective births of your children. Having a baby is a joyous occasion for most. An exciting time that is celebrated. However, it can also be very stressful, even for the most put together parents.
The arrival of a new baby, or even the expectation of the arrival, can be so hard-going on moms that it causes them to become depressed. The term "postpartum depression" has been thrown around so much that it has almost lost some of its meaning. Considering the dangers and issues surrounding it, that is a very, very bad thing indeed. Hopefully, a recent breakthrough will soon change how many women suffer from depression during this time in their lives.
The New York Times reported that the United States Preventive Services Task Force recently highlighted the importance of specific counseling for new and pregnant moms. This might seem like a glaringly obvious thing to say to most of you reading this, but the task force is going beyond a mere recommendation.
The task's force recommendation to doctors to identify women with certain risk factors means that insurance companies will have to cover the cost. It will fall under the Affordable Care Act meaning that suffering moms and moms-to-be won't have to worry about the cost of counseling should they feel they need it. This development could not only make parents' lives easier, but it could effectively save the lives of those suffering from the severest of depressions.
The feeling that you are alone when pregnant or after just giving birth can be a daunting one, especially for single moms. In the US alone, perinatal depression affects as many as 800,000 moms. That's a scarily high number. Hopefully, the recommendations being imposed by the above task force will see that number drop, and get those moms the help that they so desperately need.