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April 2013

New Moms with Postpartum Depression More Likely to Seek Help Online

Monday, 4/29/2013

A new study from Case Western Reserve University suggests that women affected by PPD are more likely to seek help if there were professional resources available online. There results showed that many new mothers with PPD didn't seek counseling because of time constraints, not having access to a sitter, the difficulty of driving to and from an appointment, and spend time in a therapy session when there's a newborn at home. Other mothers reported that they avoided seeking help because of the stigma attached to mental illness. Many of these problems are alleviated with online resources for PPD.





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Women Aren't the Only Ones That Can Get Postpartum Depression

Monday, 4/29/2013

Utah dad Joshua Petersen has been arrested after allegedly laying his son, Ryker, on the couch, and shooting him with a rifle. Commonly, whenever we hear about mothers who kill their newborns we think Pospartum Depression. It is hard for us to imagine something like this happening under other circumstances, as we simply cannot imagine that a new mother or father would kill their child for any other reason than that they have descended into the abyss of postpartum depression.

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When Mothers Kill Their Own Newborns

Monday, 4/8/2013

It happens in Sri Lanka. It happens in Canada and the United States of America. Babies are being killed by their mothers because of the ill effects of Postpartum Depression. It is a bizarre and frightening deed that elicits fathomless horror: an apparently normal mother suddenly snaps and kills her newborn. Sadly, we are hearing about it more frequently in places including Sri Lanka.

Selected Pregnancy and Delivery Outcomes After Exposure to Antidepressant Medication

Monday, 4/8/2013

Due to the chronic nature and recurance of Major Depressive Disorder in pregnant women researcher's and the IEPMHC support the need for proper screenings in order to treat pregnant women for depression. This article is especially interesting to the collaborative because it is the first meta-analysis to examine gestational age, birth weight, and Apgar scores among infants exposed to antidepressant medications in utero; leading to statistically significant associations for pregnancy outcomes. For more information please read the article at:

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