With Obamacare comes more federal health panels, and this recent one is making some serious recommendations for dealing with postpartum depression.
According to the New York Times, a government-appointed group says that new evidence shows maternal mental illness during pregnancy and after the birth of the child is more prolific than commonly though, and the effects can last long enough to have a negative affect on the child's early development.
Experts estimate that one in seven postpartum deal with new symptoms of depression, OCD, and anxiety. The panel hopes their recommendation for increased mental health screening for all women giving birth will boost health professionals' efforts to address these issues.
Symptoms can certainly be severe. Melissa Mead of The Dalles, Oregon, gave birth to a son and had people asked her, "Isn’t everything so wonderful?"
But in an interview, Mead admitted that "I was like, ‘I kind of feel like dying on the inside,’ and you don’t want to say that because you’re afraid what people will think of you.”
But others may question whether screening every mother for mental illness is a severe federal overreach that is treating pregnancy and birth too much as a mental health problem.
What do you think?