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Screening mothers for post partum and maternal depression is critical to the health of the mother and the child. Left untreated, maternal depression can affect how a mother cares for her child in the early and critical years of a child's development.
Maternal depression can impact bonding, attachment, and the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of young children. Screening for maternal depression can provide early detection and referral for mothers experiencing depression.
Data note: The post-natal data from PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) are collected shortly after birth, which is likely to not capture all instances of postpartum depression, given research has found that vulnerability for depression extends beyond 6 weeks postpartum (see Zachary N. Stowe et al. "The onset of postpartum depression: Implications for clinical screening in obstetrical and primary care." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2005) 192, 522–6).
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