Pediatricians push for depression screening in new moms
The American Academy of Pediatrics is renewing its call for physicians to screen women for depression during and after pregnancy. Though maternal depression is one of the most common conditions that can occur during and after pregnancy, it often goes undiagnosed and untreated, according to AAP. The organization says that all mothers should be screened for depression once during pregnancy and again at each of a baby’s first few check-ups with a pediatrician. Experts say it’s important to make sure that women aren’t just being screened, but are also able to get the support and mental health care they might need.