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Nashville Star Battling Postpartum Depression

Hayden Panettiere 'voluntarily seeking professional help,' says rep

(Newser) - Hayden Panettiere is receiving treatment 10 months after giving birth to her daughter, Kaya Evdokia. She "is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression," her rep tells People . The 26-year-old opened up about the condition while discussing her Nashville character'... More »

What a New Mom's Suicide Teaches Us

She was convinced she'd caused son brain damage

(Newser) - Experts long thought that symptoms of postpartum mental illness appear within weeks of a baby's birth. But the heartbreaking story of Cindy Wachenheim, recounted in the New York Times , is among the tragedies that defy that theory. When Wachenheim's son was four months old, she began showing signs... More »

Postpartum Depression a Risk for Dads, Too

New study finds that young first-time fathers are particularly at risk

(Newser) - Postpartum depression is a risk not just for new moms, but also for new dads—particularly young ones, a new study finds. The Northwestern Medicine study found that first-time fathers around age 25 who lived with their children had a 68% increase in depression symptoms during their first five years... More »

Doctors: Andrea Yates Ready for Picnics, Outings

Mother who drowned her 5 kids has been institutionalized since 2006

(Newser) - A Texas mother who drowned her five children in a bathtub in 2001 is ready to leave the state psychiatric hospital for picnics and other outings with fellow patients, her doctors say. Andrea Yates, 49, has been institutionalized since 2006, when a second trial found her not guilty by reason... More »

Baby Survives 8-Story NYC Fall; Mom Doesn't

Police say Cindy Bacharach jumped to her death, with her son

(Newser) - A 10-month-old baby is miraculously alive today, after surviving a fall from an eighth-story Harlem apartment—by landing on his mother's chest. Cindy Bacharach, a 44-year-old lawyer, leapt out of her apartment window yesterday afternoon while clutching the child after an argument with her husband, police tell the New ... More »

New Craze for New Moms: Eat the Placenta

Cooked or in smoothies, it has high iron levels and vitamin B-12

(Newser) - More mothers are turning to a healthy diet after giving birth, including fruit, veggies ... and a nice plate of placenta. As in, their own. Before losing your appetite, consider that placentas contain high iron levels, vitamin B-12, and hormones, and while no study proves their effect, believers say they alleviate... More »

Postpartum Blues Hit Dads, Too

And those fathers are more likely to spank their young kids: study

(Newser) - New moms aren’t the only ones who may end up battling depression: Dads can face a similar problem, and those who do are more likely to spank their 1-year-olds, a study finds. Some 40% of depressed fathers reported spanking kids that age, while only 13% of dads who weren’... More »

Study: Abortion Does Not Raise Risk of Mental Illness

But having a baby just might

(Newser) - Having an abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems, but having a baby does, suggests one of the largest studies to compare the aftermath of both decisions. The research by Danish scientists further debunks the notion that terminating a pregnancy can trigger mental illness and shows postpartum... More »

Postpartum Depression Is Preventable

... if trained nurses get involved

(Newser) - The solution to preventing postpartum depression may lay in the hands of ... nurses, according to a new study. Researchers in the UK found that women who received a visit from a nurse who had been trained to assess and psychologically support new moms were 30% less likely to have become... More »

Postpartum Depression Affects Dads, Too

About 1 in 10 show symptoms, says new study

(Newser) - Postpartum depression doesn't just hit new moms. A new study suggests that 1 in 10 fathers—about half the rate for women—are afflicted, reports Live Science . Generally, it's most common when the baby is 3 to 6 months old, and the symptoms manifest themselves differently in guys, who become... More »

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