Study: postpartum depression afflicts one in 10 new moms

Star Tribune

May 2, 2011

 

The cost and count of women suffering depression during and after pregnancy is high in Minnesota, according to a new report from the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. As many as one in 10 new mommies suffer this condition, which features a prolonged period of depression during pregnancy and weeks to months after birth. For each unaddressed case, the costs are $23,000 per year (including health care complications to the mother and baby, reduced productivity and other costs), according to CDF's estimates.
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