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