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Lifeline4Moms Helps Obstetricians Support Women with Perinatal Depression

Date Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2018

New recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians for postpartum care put mood and emotional wellbeing at the top of the list of what obstetrician/gynecologists should pay attention to in their patients during the so called "fourth trimester" after giving birth. Depression during and after pregnancy affects one in seven women and has profound implications for the overall health of the mother, new baby and other family members, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

But most obstetricians do not have formal training on how to screen, assess, treat or refer women with perinatal depression.

Enter Lifeline4Moms, a new center that helps obstetricians and other primary care providers screen, diagnose and refer women suffering from depression during and after pregnancy for treatment. The program was created at UMass Medical School by SPARC faculty member Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA; Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd; and colleagues.  Read more here.

Don't miss seeing Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA and Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd explain the need for Lifeline4Moms on FaceBook Live here.