Pregnancy-related depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy or after giving birth, including after a pregnancy loss.
In Colorado, nearly one in every nine women who give birth will experience signs and symptoms of depression. This makes depression the most common complication of pregnancy.
You may be experiencing pregnancy-related depression if you have symptoms that persist for more than a few weeks after birth. It can develop at anytime up to one year after birth. Beyond feelings of depression, a woman may also have feelings of anxiety, panic, or obsessive-compulsive thinking. Depression can disrupt your ability to care for your infant and yourself.
If you think you may be experiencing pregnancy-related depression, tell someone how you feel. A close friend, family member or your health care provider can help you find the support you need. You will feel better if you receive treatment. You are not alone!
Are You At Risk?
Take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale Test to find out if you have symptoms of Pregnancy-Related Depression.
For a comprehensive list of resources for postpartum depression, please view the following document:
For specific information about Colorado services and treatment options, please visit the following websites:
Nationwide Initiatives on Pregnancy-Related Depression
Screening for pregnancy-related depression is important both during and after pregnancy. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a recommended screening tool because it was developed and validated specifically for women during the postpartum period.
The Maternal Wellness team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment presents:
A Maternal Wellness Summit on Perinatal Mood Disorders
This event will focus on action-oriented steps health professionals can take to appropriately screen, refer and provide support for pregnant and postpartum women experiencing depressive symptoms or other perinatal mood disorders.
Where: The Summit Event Center - Aurora
Target Audience: All health professionals who provide care and support to pregnant or postpartum women and their infants. This conference is appropriate for nurses, midwives, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, community health providers and others.
Cost: Early Bird Rate - $45 (thru Oct 25th), Regular Rate - $55 (starting Oct 26th), Student Rate - $25 (Space is limited and contact hours will not be awarded. You must contact Krista Beckwith for registration details.)
Click here to view the Registration flyer with details on how to register.
For questions, contact Krista Beckwith at email@example.com
Pregnancy-related Depression Webinar presented by Katherine Stone, Founder of Postpartum Progress