Recommendations for Providers
As a provider, it is important to know the screening recommendations for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Please consult the resources below:
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- Screening for Maternal Perinatal Depression
This article by Frances P. Glascoe provides tools and model approaches for screening for perinatal depression.
- Incorporating recognition and management of perinatal and postpartum depression into pediatric practice (Earls, 2010)
This report recommends screening using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale at the 1-, 2-, 4-, and 6-month well-child visits.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and American Psychiatric Association (APA)
- The Management of Depression During Pregnancy: A Report from the American Psychiatric Association and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2009).
- ACOG 2015 Committee Opinion on screening for depression during and after pregnancy states, “It is important to identify pregnant and postpartum women with depression because untreated perinatal depression and other mood disorders can have devastating effects on women, infants, and families”.
Screening and treatment
- Incorporating recognition and management of perinatal and postpartum depression into pediatric practice. Earls, M.F. (2010). Pediatrics
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee Opinion: Screening for Depression During and After Pregnancy. AC OG-Committee on Obstetric Practice. (2010). Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management of mood disorders in pregnant and postpartum women. Yonkers, K.A., Vigod, S., & Ross, L.E. (2011). Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Assessment and treatment of bipolar II postpartum depression: A review. Sharma, V., Burt, V.K., & Ritchie, H.L. (2010). Journal of Affective Disorders
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