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Nearly 18 percent of pregnant women drink alcohol in early stages of pregnancy

Wednesday, 10/23/2013

A new report by the Substance Ause and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows approximately 18 percent of women in their first trimester used alcohol within the past month. The same report also states that the level of alcohol use dropped among pregnant women in their second and third trimesters. Women who drink alcohol while pregnant increases their infant's risk of developing a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which consists of conditions such as physical, behavioral, and learning problems.

What is Postpartum Depression?

Wednesday, 10/16/2013

The death of Miriam Carey, who led police on a car chase from the White House to Capitol Hill before being shot as she emerged from her vehicle, is focusing attention on postpartum depression. According to her family, Carey suffered from the condition. The following article gives insight to the mental illness and answers the questions that people often wonder the most.

Canada needs to find out why new mothers take their lives

Wednesday, 10/16/2013

When a young mother takes her own life and sometimes the lives of her children, their deaths are considered senseless tragedies. Maternal suicide should be understood as something that is both preventable and much more common than people think. The following article explains how Canada does not have any type of system for analyzing how many maternal deaths are caused by psychiatric illness such as postpartum depression. It is believed that maternal deaths due to psychiatric illness is rare, therefore not a high priority. Postnatal depression often results in maternal suicide, which is a tragedy that can be avoided if detected sooner.


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