Postpartum depression is the most common but underrecognized medical complication of childbearing, and 10% to 15% of pregnant and postpartum women will experience depression. Currently, only 30.8% of women with postpartum depression are identified, and only 6.3% receive adequate treatment (
Cox et al., 2016). Given this disparity in detection and treatment, women who suffer maternal mental health disorders need effective health policies to increase access to mental health services. This article presents a review of the risks of untreated maternal mental health disorders and an update on conventional state policies on maternal mental health and access to care and will conclude with a focus on two state-led policies with novel mechanisms for addressing maternal mental health and increasing access to mental health services.
- Cox E.Q.
- Sowa N.A.
- Meltzer-Brody S.E.
- Gaynes B.N.
The perinatal depression treatment cascade: Baby steps toward improving outcomes.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2016; 77: 1189-1200
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Karen G. Duderstadt, Emeritus Clinical Professor and UC Chair CCGA 2017–2018, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California–San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
Conflicts of interest: None to report.
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