Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 187–191 | Cite as

Mental health care use in relation to depressive symptoms among pregnant women in the USA

  • Nancy ByattEmail author
  • Rui S. Xiao
  • Kate H. Dinh
  • Molly E. Waring
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We examined mental health care use in relation to depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) ≥10) among a nationally representative sample of pregnant women using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005–2012. Logistic regression models estimated crude and adjusted odds ratios for mental health care use in the past year in relation to depressive symptoms. While 8.2 % (95 % CI 4.6–11.8) of pregnant women were depressed, only 12 % (95 % CI 1.8–22.1) of these women reported mental health care use in the past year.


Pregnancy Depression Mental health care Treatment Access 



The first author has received grant funding/support for this project from the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant KL2TR000160. Additional support was provided by NIH grants UL1TR000161 (Xiao), KL2TR000160 (Waring), and U01HL105268 (Waring). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.


The first author has received salary and funding support from Massachusetts Department of Mental Health via the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project for Moms (MCPAP for Moms). The first author is also the statewide Medical Director of MCPAP for Moms.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy Byatt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rui S. Xiao
    • 2
  • Kate H. Dinh
    • 3
  • Molly E. Waring
    • 4
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School/UMass Memorial Health CareWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Clinical and Population Health Research Program, Division of Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Vulnerable Populations, Department of Quantitative Health SciencesUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  4. 4.Division of Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Vulnerable Populations, Departments of Quantitative Health Sciences and Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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