Please read Dr. Reichman’s article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine titled, “Depression in the Postpartum Year and Life Course Economic Trajectories.“
Perinatal depression affects 20% of childbearing individuals globally and 13% in the U.S. and disproportionately impacts individuals with lower levels of income or education. Perinatal depression is characterized by depressed mood, decreased interest or pleasure in activities, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and sometimes suicidal ideation. If untreated, perinatal depression diminishes the ability to function effectively across emotional and social domains. Most previous studies have examined the implications of this for mother–infant bonding; child neglect; and children’s health, cognitive, and behavioral development. Indeed, the reach of perinatal depression on child outcomes is long: recent longitudinal studies have found that maternal depression is associated with adverse child development and offspring depression up to age 18 years. To read the full article.
Depression in the Postpartum Year and Life Course Economic Trajectories. Rokicki S, McGovern M, Von Jaglinsky A, Reichman NE.Am J Prev Med. 2022 Feb;62(2):165-173. PMID: 34696940 PMCID: PMC8748295 DOI: 1016/j.amepre.2021.08.011 Epub 2021 Oct 23