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In the Works: a Postpartum Depression Blood Test

$250 test detects gene linked to increased risk

(Newser) - A genetic test powered by artificial intelligence could inform women at risk of postpartum depression, a leading cause of maternal death, before they even become pregnant. Researchers at startup Dionysus Digital Health have developed a $250 blood test based on a gene found to closely link moods with hormonal changes....

These Pregnancy Rules Could Upend the Workplace

New regulations offer guidance on morning sickness, doctor appointments, abortion, and more

(Newser) - Pregnant employees have the right to a wide range of accommodations under new federal regulations for enforcing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act that supporters say could change workplace culture for millions of people. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency in charge of enforcing the law, adopted an expansive view...

New Zealand Mom Guilty of Murdering 3 Young Daughters

Lauren Dickason said her postpartum-induced mental illness led her to kill her kids

(Newser) - A New Zealand jury on Wednesday found a mother guilty of murdering her three young daughters after rejecting her defense that she was so mentally ill at the time she couldn't be held responsible. Lauren Dickason, 42, had earlier admitted killing her 2-year-old twin daughters, Maya and Karla, and...

FDA Has Big News on Postpartum Depression Front

Sage Therapeutics introduces fast-acting Zurzuvae, the first pill for condition afflicting new moms

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of women suffer from postpartum depression annually, and while the serious condition that emerges after childbirth often resolves within weeks, for other women, it can stretch for months, even years, and cause feelings that may even prove dangerous. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has announced a...

Her Postpartum Depression Ended Up Claiming 2 Lives

CNN shares the story of Pranaiya Oulapathorn

(Newser) - The first few months of Pranaiya Oulapathorn's life as a new mom went pretty well, aside from a few not-uncommon hiccups. As Ivana Kottasová reports for CNN , Oulapathorn struggled with breastfeeding—supply and clogged ducts were recurring issues. The 37-year-old's British husband, Hamish Magoffin, says they finally decided...

Alanis Morissette Has 3rd Bout of Postpartum Depression

Singer describes the 'compulsive, obsessive thoughts' that come along with it

(Newser) - Alanis Morissette gave birth to her third child in August—and, for the third time, the singer is dealing with postpartum depression. She opened up about the struggle in a blog post on her website and an interview on CBS This Morning . "This time around, it's less depression,...

First Postpartum Depression Drug: Effective, Cumbersome

Women felt improvement within 24 hours, but need to get it via IV for 60 hours

(Newser) - A groundbreaking treatment has been approved for what doctors say is a major medical condition that doesn't get talked about enough. The FDA has approved brexanolone, the first treatment specifically targeting postpartum depression, which will be sold as "Zulresso," USA Today reports. Doctors say it is much...

Citing New-Mom Struggles, Serena Ditches Competition

Tennis star withdraws from Canada's Rogers Cup, says she's been in 'a funk'

(Newser) - New moms, Serena Williams gets you—specifically if you're feeling all kinds of confusing emotions months after your baby has arrived. The BBC reports that the 36-year-old tennis star yanked herself out of Canada's Rogers Cup competition this week, initially citing "personal reasons." An Instagram post...

Trio of Supplements Could Fend Off Baby Blues
Baby Blues
Are Common.
Solution Could
Be Simple
new study

Baby Blues Are Common. Solution Could Be Simple

A trio of supplements, taken for just 3 days, might have dramatic results

(Newser) - Could new mothers fight off the baby blues by taking a trio of supplements? Researchers at Canada's Center for Addiction and Mental Health are reporting in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that their small new study suggests so, and they say there's something novel...

Chrissy Teigen Never Tweeted About This Struggle—Until Now

Supermodel's essay in 'Glamour' reveals she suffers from postpartum depression

(Newser) - Chrissy Teigen's Twitter feed is where you can find her joking about her wordplay with husband John Legend , posting NSFW musings on nutrition, and famously sparring with Piers Morgan . But one thing the supermodel hasn't really tweeted about is now the subject of an essay she penned for...

After Wife's Suicide, Husband Has Moving Message for New Moms

'You are Not alone," Kim Chen writes of postpartum depression

(Newser) - A grieving husband who lost his wife to an apparent suicide has made an emotional appeal to new moms facing postpartum depression. Florence Leung, 32, left her 2-month-old son in October and never came home, CBC reports . Her body was found several weeks later. Now, husband Kim Chen is reaching...

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'...

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...

Postpartum Depression a Risk for Dads, Too
Postpartum Depression
a Risk for Dads, Too
study says

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...

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...

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 ...

New Mothers Dine on Placentas to Battle Postpartum Depression, Aid Breastmilk Production
 New Craze 
 for New Moms: 
 Eat the Placenta 
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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...

Postpartum Depression Hits Dads, Too: Study

 Blues Hit 
study says

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’...

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...

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...

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