Postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders can affect women without prejudice during pregnancy or after the birth of a child. Here's a look at how a survivor and a healthcare provider working in a struggling community are working to provide support to women and their families in the Capital Region.
Screening for postpartum depression is a challenge for many healthcare providers. Sometimes it's a lack of psychiatric training or proper screening tool, and other times it's difficulty getting patients to admit they may be suffering. For one certified nurse midwife in Albany's South End, spreading awareness of the condition that affects as many as 1 in 5 women is a mission.
Postpartum depression can affect as many as 1 in 5 women across all races, ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. It can be a very traumatic experience, and women often feel like they are going through it alone. But they don't have to. Here's the story of a survivor and a provider in the Capital Region who are working to spread awareness that there are state and local resources available to help.