Volume 12, Number 6 November 5, 2004

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PPD screening encouraged

Some women in Saskatchewan may not be getting the help they need with postpartum depression (PPD) because there is no screening process for the disorder, according to a U of S graduate student.

Angela Bowen, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Health and Epidemiology, said only about 50 Saskatoon women seek help each year for PPD while 10-28 per cent of all mothers experience depression before or after birth. That means “many women are suffering needlessly”.

Bowen is calling on the provincial government to establish a screening program for PPD. Her study also showed that Saskatoon women who join the Saskatoon Postpartum Depression Support Program learn coping skills and get support from others.


For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca


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