“It is estimated that between 12,000 and 19,000 women in the State of Alabama suffer from
postpartum depression each year. That is approximately 1 in 13 women you may see in your practice.” — The Status of Women with Children Age One and Below in Alabama, Alabama Women’s Commission, 2008.
In 2007, the Alabama Women’s Commission commissioned a report on the status of women with children age one and below in Alabama. The study uncovered some surprising
trends that we believe are of interest to Alabama’s citizens and leadership. Of the three issues which emerged as most significant was the diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression.
Resources for Medical PractitionersAs a licensed healthcare provider, you are in a position to help new mothers understand their condition and feelings. Included are some resources that can help you in addressing this issue with women in our state.BrochureEdinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)
is a useful tool to screen patients for postpartum