We’ve got great news for you, mamas. While there’s no doubt that a mother’s physical and mental health are BOTH important, rarely do moms get the attention they need when it comes to postpartum depression. Well now, it looks like that is about to change as more and more hospitals have pledged to screen new mothers for postpartum depression after they give birth.
According to the Huffington Post, all of New York City’s public hospitals are going to take new steps in making sure that mothers get the care they need even after their little bundle of joy arrives.
“Despite the great benefit it provides, screening for postpartum depression has not been part of a woman’s routine care,” said New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray (wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio), citing studies that suggest one in 10 women who are either pregnant or have recently given birth suffer from depression, which adds up to 12,000 to 15,000 cases per year.
“Asking for help during what is considered one of the most joyous periods in a parent’s life can be daunting,” she explained. “No woman wants to be a bad mother. But depression, coupled with the stigma and fear of being labeled a bad mom, can keep women from reaching out for the help they need. That is why universal screening is essential.”
McCray added that she is hoping that all new moms will be screened for postpartum depression and given the care they need to make sure that their mental and emotional well-being is stable even after leaving the hospital.
Although I’m not planning any more children anytime soon, I think this is an incredibly important step that all hospitals throughout the country should make. As moms, we know how tough it is to take on motherhood head on and feeling depressed, isolated and lonely sure does make the job a whole lot harder.
Thank you Mrs. McCray for speaking up for those who are yet to find their voice in this matter.