Caring for Women with Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)

According to the National Institute of Health, 50 to 80 percent of women suffer from the “baby blues” after childbirth. They may feel depressed, have a hard time concentrating, lose their appetite or find that they can’t sleep well even when the baby is asleep. These symptoms usually go away within 10 days after delivery. This condition is considered a normal part of early motherhood.

Ten to 20 percent of women will develop a PMAD making it the number one complication of pregnancy and childbirth. With proper treatment, most women with PMAD will recover fully and become confident and healthy mothers.

What are Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders?

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are a spectrum of disorders that can occur anytime during pregnancy and up to one year following birth. Although the term Postpartum Depression has been used in the past to describe all these symptoms collectively, we now have divided them into seven specific disorders for improved diagnosis and treatment.

These disorders include:

  • Depression during pregnancy
  • Postpartum depression with anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Postpartum bipolar disorders
  • Postpartum psychosis

Our comprehensive services and support begins with education during pregnancy through our classes. 100 percent of our mothers who deliver at Mission Hospital are screened for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders through the Bridges for Newborns Program prior to leaving the hospital. New mothers identified at risk will receive a follow up phone call. The mothers obstetrician and newborn’s pediatrician will be notified as our team collaborates to care for our mothers.

Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders can be treated with counseling, support groups and medication. Our program is managed by a highly skilled team of psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, therapists, and a registered nurse certified in PMAD who provide comprehensive help and support to women who suffer with PMAD through one on one counseling and support groups. This is a collaborative program with Mission Hospital’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services and our Perinatal Services team.

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