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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 28, 2017

Decline in Postpartum Depression

JAMA. 2017;317(12):1207. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.2008

Improved screening and treatment for postpartum depression apparently are paying off. The condition’s prevalence rate has declined by about 25% in 27 states that report such data, yet CDC researchers caution that postpartum depression remains common among new mothers.

The researchers analyzed data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, which asks women who had a live birth during the previous 2 to 9 months about their experiences before, during, and soon after pregnancy. In their recent study, the CDC researchers examined postpartum depression rates in 2004, 2008, and 2012.

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