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Screening for Depression in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: September 2018 - Volume 61 - Issue 3 - p 525–532
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000359
Depression in the Pregnant Patient

Depression in pregnancy and the postpartum period is common, burdensome, and underrecognized. Guidelines from multiple organizations support routine screening once during pregnancy and again in the postpartum period. A variety of validated patient questionnaires are effective screening tools for pregnant and postpartum women. Universal screening programs can successfully overcome patient, clinician, and system barriers and reduce the burden of disease. Novel approaches include postpartum screening in pediatric settings and the use of e-screening to optimize privacy and facilitate scoring and interpretation. Implementation of universal screening should be a priority for all health systems providing obstetrical care.

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

The author declares that there is nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Lee A. Learman, MD, PhD, BC 71 Room 339, Boca Raton, FL. E-mail:

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