AAP issues new policy on screening mothers for postpartum depression

A bold statement From the American Academy of Pediatrics on postpartum depression is showing support for new mothers. (CNN/CNN Newsource)

CINCINNATI(WKRC) - A bold statement From the American Academy of Pediatrics on postpartum depression is showing support for new mothers.

The AAP released a new policy statement Monday, saying screening for postpartum depression should now be part of routine screening for new mothers.

Quite often after birth, mothers shift discussions to just the health of their children. Now at well-child visits, the AAP is recommending specific questions at very specific times by pediatricians to mothers also. Those include at the checks for when a child is 1 month, 2 months, 4 months and 6 months old.

The goal is to let mothers know they have a safe place to talk, a great resource for help and to identify early warning signs that might just be seen as traditional fatigue after a baby is born.

The hope is that by referring mothers to community support resources or giving them referrals to infant and early intervention programs, they would not only get help but feel like they are not alone.

This statement also called for the availability of training and continuing medical education for programs for pediatric healthcare providers too.

This may be especially important as we learn more about this type of depression and how common it really can be.

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