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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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