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Depression in the perinatal period is a common medical issue in Vermont, affecting about 10% of women. Multiple and severe consequences of depression during this time are seen for both mothers and babies, including lower breastfeeding rates, fewer healthcare visits for the child, and psychopathology in the child later on. The goal of this project is to identify and address some of the barriers we currently face in identifying and treating women for depression. Major barriers women encounter in seeking help involve poor recognition of symptoms facing increasing stress of motherhood, stigma, as well as neglecting to attend to mental health preemptively. An educational pamphlet for mothers was developed to address these issues.
Colchester Family Practice
depression, maternal, postpartum, prevention, mental health, Vermont
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Medical Education | Primary Care | Psychiatric and Mental Health
Lambert-Fliszar, Florence, "Perinatal Depression: Breaking Barriers to Treatment" (2018). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 392.