Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 85, Issue 3, pp 349–355 | Cite as

What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women’s Experience with Prescribing Providers

  • Linda Weinreb
  • Nancy Byatt
  • Tiffany A. Moore Simas
  • Karen Tenner
  • Judith A. Savageau
Original Paper


This exploratory study completed interviews with 25 depressed pregnant women who had prior depression, and when becoming pregnant, were receiving depression medication or tried to get mental health care. Seventy one percent of women were more than 25 weeks gestation at the time of the interview. Thirty-five percent of women were not receiving treatment. While 94 % told their provider of their pregnancy, 36 % had no opportunity to discuss the risks and benefits of continued pharmacotherapy; 42 % had no opportunity to continue pharmacotherapy. Some providers may be reluctant to treat depressed pregnant women, creating a potential barrier to their receipt of needed care.


Mental Health Depression Perinatal mental health Maternal depression Pregnancy 



The authors would like to thank Gail Sawosik for her assistance with survey development, data collection and manuscript development.

Conflict of interest

The authors report no conflicts of interest.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Weinreb
    • 1
  • Nancy Byatt
    • 2
  • Tiffany A. Moore Simas
    • 3
  • Karen Tenner
    • 4
  • Judith A. Savageau
    • 1
  1. 1.Family Medicine and Community HealthUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Psychiatry and Obstetrics GynecologyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  4. 4.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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