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Depression (PRAMS)

Depression is a serious mental health disorder that causes frequent feelings of sadness and/or lack of interest and is associated with worsened maternal and infant outcomes. Women who experience postpartum depression have been found to have lower rates of breastfeeding initiation, poorer maternal and infant bonding and increased likelihood of developmental delays among infants. Universal screening for depression before, during and after pregnancy is recommended in order to increase identification of women at risk and ensure the appropriate referral and treatment.

Last updated: February 2024