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Enhancing supports and services for new moms with depression

Story from Impact, November 2013

 

Untreated postpartum depression can have serious consequences for mothers and their families. That’s why researchers at Women’s College Research Institute are working on how to improve mental health support and care for new moms.

A new Canadian study led by Dr. Simone Vigod, Shirley Brown Clinician-Scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and staff psychiatrist at Women’s College Hospital, investigated the connection between geography and postpartum depression and found that women living in large urban areas are at a significantly higher risk of postpartum depression compared to those living in rural areas.

“Our findings will help researchers and communities design appropriate supports and services for the prevention and treatment of postpartum depression,” says Vigod.

The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and was covered by nearly 500 media outlets around the world, including the CBCCTV NewsThe Star, and The Globe and Mail

Vigod and her team reviewed the results of a Statistics Canada national, cross-sectional survey on key perinatal health indicators from more than 6,000 mothers.

“We found that women in urban areas not only report higher rates of postpartum depression, but also lack social support during and after pregnancy,” says Vigod. “Urban moms are at a disadvantage; we need to change the way we target our supports and services, so that women have access to the services they need to improve their outcomes and reduce their risk of postpartum depression.”

 

 

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