perinatal period

Should We Distinguish Depression That Begins During Pregnancy From Depression That Begins Following Childbirth?
About one in ten women experience depression during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth. This is among the most common complications related to pregnancy, and is generally treatable if recognized… Read More
How an ‘Active Coping Style’ Helps New Mothers Deal With Stresses of Parenthood
Researchers have reported evidence from the brain suggesting that the way in which a new mother copes with her new parenting duties and the care of her infant can contribute to her own mental health… Read More
Problems in Early Life Leave Biological Traces in Depressed Moms That May Impair Bonding With Their Babies
There is a growing body of evidence indicating that difficulties, experienced early in life or in the present, can predispose a woman to perinatal depression—depression that develops during pregnancy… Read More
Maternal Inflammation Early in Pregnancy May Raise Offspring’s Psychosis Risk
There is new evidence supporting the theory that children born of mothers who had inflammation during pregnancy have an elevated risk for developing a psychotic disorder by adulthood. The data… Read More
Impact of Mother’s Depressive Symptoms Just Before and After Childbirth Upon Child’s Brain Development
Past research has established a clear connection between maternal depression and risk of adverse outcomes in newborns, for instance a higher risk of the child having low birthweight. Over the longer… Read More