Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Identifying and Treating Maternal Depression: Strategies & Considerations for Health Plans

December 09, 2009 | 07:00 PM

Identifying and Treating Maternal Depression: Strategies & Considerations for Health Plans

December 9, 2009, 1:00 PM EST

Approximately 20 percent of women experience depressive symptoms during pregnancy and up to 15 percent of women are affected by postpartum depression in the year following the birth of a child. Maternal depression can lead to serious health risks for both the mother and baby that can increase the risk for costly complications during birth and can have permanent effects on child development and well-being. Health plans play an important role in supporting the early identification of maternal depression and coordinating the management of depression to avoid the consequences of untreated depression.

This webinar will explore the prevalence of maternal depression and the current state of screening for perinatal and postpartum depression. It will include a discussion of the recent recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for the treatment of women with depression during pregnancy. The role of primary care providers in identifying and managing postpartum depression will also be discussed and a web-based training program to educate providers on screening, diagnosis, treatment and referral for postpartum depression will be shared. Finally, the session will highlight a current health plan program to identify and manage depression during pregnancy and coordinate care following a depression diagnosis to ensure healthy pregnancies and deliveries.

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