Thursday, March 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) — postpartum depression U.S. mothers nearly triple during COVID-19 Pandemicwith a substantial increase in major depressive disorder and self-harm thoughts, according to a new study.
including 670 new mothers Who completed the online screening between February and July 2020. One-third of those who screened for postpartum depression were positive, and 20% had symptoms of major depression.
Before the pandemic, about 1 in 8 new mothers suffered from postpartum depression, and 5 to 7 percent suffered from major depression, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We also found that nearly one in five participants who screened positive for postpartum depression reported having thoughts of harming themselves,” said lead author Clayton Schumann, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Michigan.
“This is very concerning because before the pandemic, [a previous study] found that suicide rates are on the rise among antenatal and postnatal patients in the U.S.,” Schumann said in a university news release.
New mothers who are formula-fed their babies are 92% more likely to screen positive for postpartum depression and screen for major depression, compared to new mothers who breastfeed or bottle-feed their own, the study found Sex was 73% higher.
According to the study, mothers whose babies were in NICUs had a 74 percent increased risk of developing postpartum depression, while mothers worried about contracting COVID-19 were 71 percent more likely to develop postpartum depression.
Schumann said the findings underscore the determination of Depression in New MomsBut, he added, screening is only the first step.
“Treatment is the key to recovery,” Schumann said. “Resources and education about postpartum depression must be better disseminated and implemented. These resources should be shared with the public to reduce stigma and with those who provide social and emotional support for postpartum patients, such as partners and family members.”
The findings were published in the March 14 issue of the journal BMC Research Notes.
This study is a larger Called COVID-19 MAMAS (Maternal Attachment, Emotion, Ability and Support), it has spawned several papers on pregnancy and postpartum experiences during the pandemic.
The U.S. Office of Women’s Health has more information on postpartum depression.
Source: University of Michigan, press release, March 14, 2022