The Medicalization of Postpartum Depression Instead of Recognizing Hormone Imbalance

Holy Hormones Honey! PMS, PMDD and now PPD – all labels that stigmatize women while profits are being made off the medicalization of women’s bodies.  I believe all new moms should be screened for postpartum depression with a hormone analysis and then treated with therapies that support the balancing of their hormones.  Every pregnancy depletes women of essential vitamins and minerals.  These nutrients are going directly to the baby.  If a woman is fatigued, hormonally imbalanced (coming off of BCP’s or other synthetic hormone therapies) chances are she will be struggling with a more severe hormone imbalance post-pregnancy.  There is no need to drug women for an imbalance.  Message to all new moms don’t let your self be stigmatized or labeled of drugged because of hormone imbalance.

Study: All New Moms Should be Screened for Postpartum Depression

By Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on July 17, 2012


All new moms should be screened for postpartum depression, according to a national study led by a Rochester researcher. Currently, screening a new mother for depression isn’t a routine medical practice, although the disorder is fairly common after the birth of a baby.

“We really try not to screen for things until we know that screening actually makes a difference,” said Dr. Barbara Yawn, lead author of the study and director of research at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester.

This is the first large U.S. study of screening and follow-up that gives better results for mothers at one year post-birth.  ”We did decrease their burden of depression symptoms, and this is the first study that’s been able to do that,” Yawn said.

Instead of focusing on new mothers themselves, the study honed in on changing the way health care providers handle postpartum depression at half of 28 medical practices nationwide.

Researchers randomly assigned each small medical clinic to either a standard-care group (without standardized screening and follow-up) or an “intervention group” in which health providers got extra postpartum depression education, screened every patient and followed up to check the new mothers’ mental health.

“We enrolled about 1,500 women and followed them for a year, and we did enroll women from 28 different practices in 20 different states,” Yawn said.

States with participating medical teams included Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

“Not only did screening increase the number of women with a diagnosis of postpartum depression, it also improved the outcomes in those women whose postpartum depression was diagnosed,” according to the article, published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Yawn said the study shows that small clinics that care for new mothers should routinely screen for postpartum depression, diagnose and follow-up onsite to avoid referring women to mental-health appointments that are rarely kept.

“This approach could be implemented widely with modest resources,” the study concludes.

“This is how most of us are trying to change health care now, is by helping practices implement systems that make it easy to ‘do the right thing,’ so to speak,” Yawn said, “and, in this case, it was not only to screen but to make a diagnosis, and then initiate care — and follow-up.”

Yawn said potential study criticisms include lack of psychiatrist-confirmed diagnoses, but she said there aren’t enough psychiatrists and psychologists to do this anyway.

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Please listen to my Holy Hormones Honey! radio interview with Postpartum Wellness Consultant, Cheryl Jazzar.

Please watch this video from Truehope on Medication Free Postpartum Depression Pregnancy

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.