15 Nov Medication should not be the first line of treatment for depression during pregnancy and postpartum
Just received word that my presentation on psychological treatments for pregnancy and postpartum depression got accepted by The 4th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health in Madrid, Spain (March 2011). I am a strong advocate for women who deserve to be educated and offered different choices when they are faced with the debilitating and devastating reality of having depression during pregnancy or postpartum. There are many effective treatments for depression and anxiety other than medication, which most pregnant and breastfeeding women are reluctant to take. Women are entitled to be given choices and get the best therapy available! Women are intelligent; they deserve to be partners in their own care and, given adequate and updated information, can make their own decisions about their own care.